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Jean-Luc Marion

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757733.001.0001

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An Attempt at a Phenomenal Re-Appropriation of Revelation

An Attempt at a Phenomenal Re-Appropriation of Revelation

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Givenness and Revelation

Jean-Luc Marion

Stephen E. Lewis

Oxford University Press

Enlightenment-period theologians and metaphysicians deemed the epistemological interpretation of revelation obvious, thereby missing the proper character of revelation as apokalupsis, uncovering. Kant’s critique of reason problematically extended finitude’s jurisdiction over the infinite; similarly, Hegel’s (and Fichte’s and Schellings’s) concept of a “concept,” through which the infinite as “revealed” registers within the field of what reason un-conceals in truth, demonstrated further indetermination. An alternative view of revelation, Augustinian in its formulation and thoroughly biblical in its origin, states that knowing follows from loving, and therefore revelation, Christ, Son of the Father, works by drawing our will in love, leading reason to choose to see what it would otherwise not will to see. Extended discussion of Christ as saturated phenomenon follows, freeing the concept of theology from metaphysical and epistemological limits so that Revelation as a phenomenon can then be contemplated in the details of the biblical texts.

Keywords:   revelation, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Karl Barth, Augustine of Hippo, the Gospel of John, William of Saint-Thierry, saturated phenomenon

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