Rethinking God as Gift: Marion, Derrida, and the Limits of Phenomenology

Rethinking God as Gift: Marion, Derrida, and the Limits of Phenomenology

by Robyn Horner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823221229

ISBN-13: 9780823221226

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Rethinking God as Gift is situated at the intersection of philosophy, critical theory and theology. The first sustained study of the work of Jean-Luc Marion in English, it offers a unique perspective on contemporary questions and their theological relevance. Taking its point of departure from the problem of the gift as articulated by Jacques Derrida, who argues

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Rethinking God as Gift is situated at the intersection of philosophy, critical theory and theology. The first sustained study of the work of Jean-Luc Marion in English, it offers a unique perspective on contemporary questions and their theological relevance. Taking its point of departure from the problem of the gift as articulated by Jacques Derrida, who argues that the conditions of possibility of the gift are also its conditions of impossibility, Horner pursues a series of questions concerning the nature of thought, the viability of phenomenology, and, most urgently, the possibility of grace. For Marion, phenomenology, as the thought of the given, offers a path for philosophy to proceed without being implicated in metaphysics. His retrieval of several important insights of Edmund Husserl, along with his reading of Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Lvinas, enables him to work out a phenomenology where even impossiblephenomena such as revelation and the gift might be examined. In this important confrontation between Marion and Derrida issues vital to the negotiation of postmodern concerns in philosophy and theology emerge with vigour. The careful elucidation of those issues in an interdisciplinary context, and the snapshot it provides of the state of contemporary debate, make Rethinking God as Gift an important contribution to theological and philosophical discussion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823221226
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
Perspectives in Continental Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionix
1The Problem of the Gift1
2Husserl and Heidegger19
3Levinas45
4Refiguring Givenness81
5Being Given115
6The Limits of Phenomenology153
7Rethinking the Gift184
8Rethinking the Gift II198
Epilogue: Naming the Gift, Giving a Name, Rethinking God As Gift241
Select Bibliography249
Index of Names265
Index of Subjects267

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