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Interpreting Excess: Jean-Luc Marion, Saturated Phenomena, and Hermeneutics

Mackinlay, Shane (2010) Interpreting Excess: Jean-Luc Marion, Saturated Phenomena, and Hermeneutics. Fordham University Press, New York. 283pp. ISBN 9780823231089

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Jean-Luc Marion’s theory of saturated phenomena is one of the most exciting developments in phenomenology in recent decades. It opens up new possibilities for understanding phenomena, by beginning from rich and complex examples such as revelation and works of art. Rather than being curiosities or exceptions, these ‘excessive’ or ‘saturated’ phenomena are, in Marion's view, paradigms. He understands more straightforward phenomena, such as the objects of the natural sciences, as reduced and impoverished versions of the excess given in saturated phenomena.
'Interpreting Excess' is a systematic and comprehensive study of Marion’s texts on saturated phenomena, and their place in his wider phenomenology of givenness, tracing both his theory and his examples across a wide range of texts spanning three decades.
It argues that a rich hermeneutics is implicit in Marion’s examples of saturated phenomena, but is not set out in his theory. This hermeneutics makes clear that attempts to overthrow the much-criticised sovereignty of the Cartesian ego will remain unsuccessful if they simply reverse the subject-object relation by speaking of phenomena imposing themselves with an overwhelming givenness on a recipient. Instead, phenomena should be understood as appearing in a hermeneutic space already opened by a subject’s active reception. Thus, a phenomenon’s appearing depends not only on its givenness, but also on the way it is interpreted by a receiving subject. All phenomenology is therefore necessarily hermeneutic.
'Interpreting Excess' provides an indispensable guide for any study of Marion’s saturated phenomena. It is also a significant contribution to ongoing debates about philosophical ways of thinking about God, the relation between hermeneutics and phenomenology, and philosophy ‘after the subject’.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Phenomenology, Marion, Saturated Phenomenon, Hermeneutics
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Shane Mackinlay
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 23:15
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2015 04:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/857

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