Jean-Luc Marion (born 3 July 1946) is a French philosopher and Roman Catholic theologian. Marion is a former student of Jacques Derrida whose work is informed by patristic and mystical theology, phenomenology, and modern philosophy. Much of his academic work has dealt with Descartes and phenomenologists like Martin Heidegger and Edmund Husserl, but also religion. God Without Being, for example, is concerned predominantly with an analysis of idolatry, a theme strongly linked in Marion's work with love and the gift, which is a concept also explored at length by Derrida.
|Born||3 July 1946|
|Alma mater||École Normale Supérieure|
|Philosophical theology, Phenomenology, Descartes|
|"As much reduction, as much givenness," saturated phenomenon, the intentionality of love|
Marion was born in Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, on 3 July 1946. He studied at the University of Nanterre (now the University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) and the Sorbonne and then did graduate work in philosophy from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he was taught by Jacques Derrida, Louis Althusser and Gilles Deleuze. At the same time, Marion's deep interest in theology was privately cultivated under the personal influence of theologians such as Louis Bouyer, Jean Daniélou, Henri de Lubac, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. From 1972 to 1980 he studied for his doctorate and worked as an assistant lecturer at the Sorbonne. After receiving his doctorate in 1980, he began teaching at the University of Poitiers.
From there he moved to become the Director of Philosophy at the University Paris X – Nanterre, and in 1991 also took up the role of professeur invité at the Institut Catholique de Paris. In 1996 he became Director of Philosophy at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne), where he still teaches.
Marion became a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1994. He was then appointed the John Nuveen Professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Theology there in 2004, a position he held until 2010. That year, he was appointed the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies at the Divinity School, a position that had been vacated by the retirement of theologian David Tracy.
Marion's phenomenological work is set out in three volumes which together form a triptych or trilogy. Réduction et donation: Etudes sur Husserl, Heidegger et la phénoménologie (1989) is an historical study of the phenomenological method followed by Husserl and Heidegger, with a view towards suggesting future directions for phenomenological research. The unexpected reaction that Réduction et donation provoked called for clarification and full development. This was addressed in Étant donné: Essai d'une phénoménologie de la donation (1997), a more conceptual work investigating phenomenological givenness, the saturated phenomenon and the gifted—a rethinking of the subject. Du surcroît (2001) provides an in-depth description of saturated phenomena.
Marion claims that he has attempted to "radically reduce the whole phenomenological project beginning with the primacy in it of givenness". What he describes as his one and only theme is the givenness that is required before phenomena can show themselves in consciousness—"what shows itself first gives itself. This is based on the argument that any and all attempts to lead phenomena back to immanence in consciousness, that is, to exercise the phenomenological reduction, necessarily results in showing that givenness is the "sole horizon of phenomena"
Marion radicalizes this argument in the formulation, "As much reduction, as much givenness", and offers this as a new first principle of phenomenology, building on and challenging prior formulae of Husserl and Heidegger. The formulation common to both, Marion argues, "So much appearance, so much Being", adopted from Johann Friedrich Herbart, erroneously elevates appearing to the status of the "sole face of Being". In doing so, it leaves appearing itself undetermined, not subject to the reduction, and thus in a "typically metaphysical situation".
The Husserlian formulation, "To the things themselves!", is criticized on the basis that the things in question would remain what they are even without appearing to a subject—again circumventing the reduction or even without becoming phenomena. Appearing becomes merely a mode of access to objects, rendering the formulation inadequate as a first principle of phenomenology. A third formulation, Husserl's "Principle of all Principles", states "that every primordial dator Intuition is a source of authority (Rechtsquelle) for knowledge, that whatever presents itself in 'intuition'...is simply to be accepted as it gives itself out to be, though only within the limits in which it then presents itself." Marion argues that while the Principle of all Principles places givenness as phenomenality's criterion and achievement, givenness still remains uninterrogated. Whereas it admits limits to intuition ("as it gives itself..., though only within the limits in which it presents itself"), "givenness alone is absolute, free and without condition"
Givenness then is not reducible except to itself, and so is freed from the limits of any other authority, including intuition; a reduced given is either given or not given. "As much reduction, as much givenness" states that givenness is what the reduction accomplishes, and any reduced given is reduced to givenness. The more a phenomenon is reduced, the more it is given. Marion calls the formulation the last principle, equal to the first, that of the appearing itself.
|To whom are the things in question led back by the reduction?||What is given by the reduction?||How are the things in question given; what is the horizon?||How far does the reduction go, what is excluded?|
|First reduction – transcendental (Husserl)||The intentional and constituting I||Constituted objects||Through regional ontologies. Through formal ontology, regional ontologies fall within the horizon of objectivity||Excludes everything that does not let itself be led back to objectivity|
|Second reduction – existential (Heidegger)||Dasein: an intentionality broadened to Being-in-the-world and led back to its transcendence of beings through anxiety||The different ways of Being; the "phenomenon of Being"||According to Being as the original and ultimate phenomenon. According to the horizon of time||Excludes that which does not have to be, especially the preliminary conditions of the phenomenon of Being, e.g. boredom, the claim|
|Third reduction – to givenness (Marion)||The interloqué: that which is called by the claim of the phenomenon||The gift itself; the gift of rendering oneself to or of eluding the claim of the call||According to the horizon of the absolutely unconditional call and of the absolutely unconstrained response||Absence of conditions and determinations of the claim. Gives all that can call and be called|
By describing the structures of phenomena from the basis of givenness, Marion claims to have succeeded in describing certain phenomena that previous metaphysical and phenomenological approaches either ignore or exclude—givens that show themselves but which a thinking that does not go back to the given is powerless to receive. In all, three types of phenomena can be shown, according to the proportionality between what is given in intuition and what is intended:
According to John D. Caputo, Marion "is famous for the idea of what he calls the "saturated phenomenon," which is inspired by his study of Christian Neoplatonic mystical theologians....[The idea that] there are phenomena of such overwhelming givenness or overflowing fulfillment that the intentional acts aimed at these phenomena are overrun, flooded—or saturated."
The fourth section of Marion's work Prolegomena to Charity is entitled "The Intentionality of Love" and primarily concerns intentionality and phenomenology. Influenced by (and dedicated to) the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, Marion explores the human idea of love and its lack of definition: "We live with love as if we knew what it was about. But as soon as we try to define it, or at least approach it with concepts, it draws away from us." He begins by explaining the essence of consciousness and its "lived experiences." Paradoxically, the consciousness concerns itself with objects transcendent and exterior to itself, objects irreducible to consciousness, but can only comprehend its 'interpretation' of the object; the reality of the object arises from consciousness alone. Thus the problem with love is that to love another is to love one's own idea of another, or the "lived experiences" that arise in the consciousness from the "chance cause" of another: "I must, then, name this love my love, since it would not fascinate me as my idol if, first, it did not render to me, like an unseen mirror, the image of myself. Love, loved for itself, inevitably ends as self-love, in the phenomenological figure of self-idolatry." Marion believes intentionality is the solution to this problem, and explores the difference between the I who intentionally sees objects and the me who is intentionally seen by a counter-consciousness, another, whether the me likes it or not. Marion defines another by its invisibility; one can see objects through intentionality, but in the invisibility of the other, one is seen. Marion explains this invisibility using the pupil: "Even for a gaze aiming objectively, the pupil remains a living refutation of objectivity, an irremediable denial of the object; here for the first time, in the very midst of the visible, there is nothing to see, except an invisible and untargetable void...my gaze, for the first time, sees an invisible gaze that sees it." Love, then, when freed from intentionality, is the weight of this other's invisible gaze upon one's own, the cross of one's own gaze and the other's and the "unsubstitutability" of the other. Love is to "render oneself there in an unconditional surrender...no other gaze must respond to the ecstasy of this particular other exposed in his gaze." Perhaps in allusion to a theological argument, Marion concludes that this type of surrender "requires faith."
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He taught for many years in preparatory classes, mainly in high schools Henri IV and Louis-le-Grand. Inspector General of mathematics from 1994 to 2001, he is Inspector General Emeritus of Mathematics Education.
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Briankle G. Chang (born 1954) is an American writer, translator, and academic. He was born and raised in Taiwan and did his postgraduate study in the United States. He works primarily in the areas of philosophy of communication, media theory and criticism, and cultural studies. He is considered the first scholar to bring to bear the ideas of Jacques Derrida on the field of communication studies and media studies. In his book, Deconstructing Communication: Representation, Subject, and Economies of Exchange (1996), he demonstrates the limits of phenomenology by showing how it fails to address the question of intersubjectivity and proposes a la Derrida the idea of “postal principle” as fundamental to any theory of communication and mediation. This idea is elaborated in his subsequent writings and forms the perspective behind much of his works after Deconstructing Communication. For the past 15 years, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he teaches in the areas of cultural studies and philosophy of communication.
Chang writes in both English and Chinese, and some of his essays in English have been translated into Chinese and other languages. He has published in journals such as International Philosophical Quarterly, British Journal of Aesthetics, History of European Ideas, Cultural Critique, differences, Cultural Studies, and others. He is the Chinese translator of Jacques Derrida’s Monolinguisme de l’autre: ou la prothèse d’origin, and he has translated writings by other French theorists into English. While continuing his engagements with writers such as Derrida, Jean Luc Nancy, Jean-Luc Marion, and others, his recent works are influenced visibly by the writings of Werner Hamacher. He recently co-edited an anthology on the philosophy of communication for the MIT Press (2012), which was named Best Edited Book by the Philosophy of Communication Division of the National Communication Association.Committee on Social Thought
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writers Saul Bellow, J. M. Coetzee, and T. S. Eliot,
political theorists Hannah Arendt, Allan Bloom, and Mark Lilla,
classicist David Grene,
historians Marc Fumaroli, Marshall G. S. Hodgson and Paul Wheatley,
sociologist Edward Shils,
sinologist Anthony C. Yu,
anthropologist Victor Turner,
poet and philologist A. K. Ramanujan,
philosophers Vincent Descombes, Mircea Eliade, Leszek Kołakowski, Jacques Maritain, Yves Simon, Paul Ricoeur, Stephen Toulmin, and
economists Robert Fogel and Friedrich Hayek.Eliot, Bellow, Coetzee, Hayek, and Fogel have been awarded Nobel prizes.
Current faculty include religion scholar Wendy Doniger, theologian David Tracy, sociologist Hans Joas, literary theorist Thomas Pavel, theorist of German literature David Wellbery, classicist James M. Redfield, philosopher and psychoanalyst Jonathan Lear, philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, medieval historian David Nirenberg, philosopher Robert B. Pippin, classicist Laura M. Slatkin, historian of science Lorraine Daston, physician and philosopher Leon Kass (former chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics), political theorist Nathan Tarcov, art historian Andrei Pop, and poet Adam Zagajewski.Counter-experience
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Jean-Luc Mandaba, a former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
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Jean-Luc Ponty, a French virtuoso violinist and jazz composer
Jean-Luc Picard, a fictional starship captain in the Star Trek universe
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Jean-Luc Godard, a Franco-Swiss filmmaker
Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre, a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
Jean-Luc Lagardère, a major French businessman
Jean-Luc Margot, a Belgian astronomer and Professor at UCLA
Jean-Luc Marion, a French philosopher
Jean-Luc Nancy, a French philosopher
Jean-Luc du Plessis, a South African Rugby Union playerJean-Yves Lacoste
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Marion is the surname of:
Anne Windfohr Marion (born 1938), American rancher and business executive
Brock Marion (born 1970), American retired National Football League player
Francis Marion (c. 1732–1795), army officer during the American Revolutionary War, known as the Swamp Fox
Jean-Luc Marion (born 1946), French historian of philosophy, phenomenologist and Roman Catholic theologian
Jerry Marion (born 1944), American National Football League player
John L. Marion, American auctioneer, philanthropist and Chairman of Sotheby's from 1975 to 1994
J. Paul Marion (born 1927), Canadian politician
Marty Marion (1917–2011), American Major League Baseball player and manager
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Pierre Marion (1921–2010), French secret service chief
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Maxence Caron (born 1976) is a French writer, poet, philosopher and musicologist.Natural-law argument
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"If you say, as more orthodox theologians do, that in all the laws which God issues he had a reason for giving those laws rather than others -- the reason, of course, being to create the best universe, although you would never think it to look at it -- if there was a reason for the laws which God gave, then God himself was subject to law, and therefore you do not get any advantage by introducing God as an intermediary. You really have a law outside and anterior to the divine edicts, and God does not serve your purpose, because he is not the ultimate law-giver. In short, this whole argument from natural law no longer has anything like the strength that it used to have."The argument of natural laws as a basis for God was changed by Christian figures such as Thomas Aquinas, in order to fit biblical scripture and establish a Judeo-Christian teleological law.Nicholas Wolterstorff
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