bluezoe4 (bluezoe4) wrote in sublimethinking,

Jean-Luc Marion

Hi everybody!

I'm not sure if this is the proper place to ask this question but here goes.  I've been doing my research on Jean-Luc Marion.  As far as I understand him, he believes that Husserlian and Heideggerian phenomenology is not phenomenological enough.  This makes him jump to a third reduction:  back to the givenness of the things themselves.  Instead of focusing on the objectness of objects (Husserl) and Dasein (Heidegger), Marion goes back to the very givenness of the givens as they are given to us.  Insofar as these givens are given, they attest to phenomenality.  In this sense, phenomenality and givenness amount to the same thing.  He proceeds with his reduction of the self, and comes up with l'interloque which he developed in his book Reduction and Givenness.  In his two succeeding books in his phenomenological triptych Being Given and In Excess, he continues this thinking and comes up with l'attributaire, l'adonne, and finally, l'amant.  We are thus witnesses to phenomenon.  His phenomenology eventually amounts to a philosophy that has its apex in love.  We are thus loved.  Knowing that we are loved, we are called to love in return (though not as simple as this formulation).  To me, everything up to here is clear.  But, with situations such as tragedies, natural (Katrina) or otherwise (Mogadishu, Rwanda), I feel that he is keeping silent about issues on senseless violence. What can his philosophy of givenness say about these? 

Can anybody suggest readings that might answer this? If you have files (or even links) that you can send me, that would be of great help, too.

Thanks a lot!

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