By Christina M. Gschwandtner
The philosophical paintings of Jean-Luc Marion has opened new methods of conversing approximately non secular convictions and reports. during this exploration of Marion’s philosophy and theology, Christina M. Gschwandtner offers a complete and demanding research of the tips of saturated phenomena and the phenomenology of givenness. She claims that those phenomena don't continuously look within the over the top mode that Marion describes and indicates as a substitute that we reflect on levels of saturation. Gschwandtner covers significant issues in Marion’s work—the ancient occasion, paintings, nature, love, reward and sacrifice, prayer, and the Eucharist. She works in the phenomenology of givenness, yet means that Marion himself has now not thought of very important features of his philosophy.
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5 Historical phenomena are far too complex for simple accounts of straightforward causality or complete transparency in regard to what might have occurred. Yet it is certainly possible and a significant aim of research to shed greater light on an event, to establish some connections of correlation, and to strive for greater coherence and intelligibility, even if it can never be total or absolute. ”6 I return to these issues later in the chapter. Historical Events and Historical Research 29 Marion does not describe the move from poor to saturated phenomenality as a process of increase in complexity or decrease of objectification.
Most of the book is devoted to an analysis of the self as “gifted,” as recipient of divine love. He works out far more fully than in other works the receptive stance, the “place of the self,” as it is open to the divine gift: “I am not when and each time that I decide to be by deciding to think. I am each time that, as lover and as devoted, I let the immemorial come over me, as a life that does not belong to me and that, for that very reason, inhabits me more intimately than myself ” (SP, 100, trans.
Marion claims that effects trump causes and give them their rationality: “Causes offer reasons for effects, but solely in terms of intelligibility” (BG, 165; ED, 233). For this Marion first gives examples of technical objects, which are assessed as they “work” and not in terms of their causality. He then illustrates this lack of causality further with an actual historical event: World War I had no clear cause, because there is an overabundance of information, an accumulation of a huge variety of facts and data (BG, 167; ED, 235).