In the Self's Place: The Approach of Saint Augustine by Jean-Luc Marion

By Jean-Luc Marion

Within the Self's position is an unique phenomenological analyzing of Augustine that considers his engagement with notions of identification in Confessions. utilizing the Augustinian event of confession, Jean-Luc Marion develops a version of selfhood that examines this event in gentle of the complete of the Augustinian corpus. in the direction of this finish, Marion engages with noteworthy smooth and postmodern analyses of Augustine's such a lot "experiential" paintings, together with the severe commentaries of Jacques Derrida, Martin Heidegger, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Marion finally concludes that Augustine has preceded postmodernity in exploring an way over the self over and past itself, and in utilizing this alterity of the self to itself, as a driver for inventive kinfolk with God, the realm, and others. This interpreting establishes extraordinary connections among money owed of selfhood around the fields of up to date philosophy, literary stories, and Augustine's early Christianity

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15 Praise is therefore carried out as a word resaid, which responds by resaying what it first heard, in short as the word of the responsal. Thus the originary word of God, that which I cite in order to speak to him in turn, resounds as always already emitted and given, in short, as essentially a call. That the call come from the scriptures by citation still remains undetermined (is it I who speaks? is it something else? ) changes nothing in this instance, be it only because this indetermination characterizes every call, the more it radically determines me.

Inversely, if I praise and therefore confess God as such, I also recognize myself as such, as creature that can truly neither speak to him as coequal nor say anything whatsoever about him, but that admits him. ” Quantum dicturus erat? Quae verba quaesiturus? Quantum conceptionem conclusit in uno “valde”? Cogita quantum Confessio or Reduction  vis. Quando autem potest cogitari, qui capi non potest? ” Et ideo dixit “Valde,” qui “magnitudinis non est finis”: ne forte incipias velle laudare, et putes te laudando posse finire, cum magnitudo finem non potest habere.

To develop and, if possible, to verify this hypothesis, I will have recourse to the figure of thought that strives most clearly, at least in its intention, to transgress metaphysics. In particular, I will try to employ the operative concepts of the phenomenology of givenness in order to assess  The aporia of Saint Augustine whether they permit a more appropriate, coherent, and correct reading of the Augustinian texts. Thus, one could hope for a reciprocal trial: testing the nonmetaphysical status of Saint Augustine in and through a better intelligibility when he is interpreted according to the terms of a phenomenology of givenness, but testing also just how far the nonmetaphysical character of this phenomenology runs.

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