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Interpreting ExcessJean-Luc Marion, Saturated Phenomena, and Hermeneutics$
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Shane Mackinlay

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231089

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231089.001.0001

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Flesh as Absolute

Flesh as Absolute

(p.130) 6 Flesh as Absolute
Interpreting Excess

Shane Mackinlay

Fordham University Press

The third division in Immanuel Kant's table of categories is relation. According to Kant, there are three possible types of relation between phenomena: inherence (between substance and accident), causality (between cause and effect), and community (between several substances). Jean-Luc Marion adds to Kant's possible types of relation by claiming that a phenomenon can appear without having any relation to other phenomena. He argues that a phenomenon can be saturated with intuition in such a way that it fills the whole horizon, and thus prevents any other phenomenon from appearing. Such a phenomenon is saturated according to relation. As it appears without relation to other phenomena, Marion calls it an “absolute” phenomenon. Furthermore, he concludes that flesh appears without relation to other phenomena — it is absolute according to relation.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, relation, phenomena, inherence, causality, community, Jean-Luc Marion, absolute phenomena, table of categories, flesh

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