Jean-Luc Marion is one of the leading Catholic thinkers of our time: a formidable authority on Descartes and a major scholar in the philosophy of religion. This book presents a concise, accessible, and engaging introduction to the theology of Jean-Luc Marion. Described as one of the leading thinkers of his generation, Marion's take on the postmodern is richly enhanced by his expertise in patristic and mystical theology, phenomenology, and modern philosophy. In this first introduction to Marion's thought, Robyn Horner provides the essential background to Marion's work, as well as analysing the most significant themes for contemporary theology. This book serves as an ideal starting point for students of theology and philosophy, as well as for those seeking to further their knowledge of cutting-edge thinking in contemporary theology.
'Jean-Luc Marion is the pre-eminent French thinker of the generation that follows Deleuze, Derrida and Foucault. Yet neither in French nor in English has there been a reliable guide to his phenomenology and its extensions into theology. Robyn Horner is the guide we have been waiting for: lucid, nuanced, and very well informed in all aspects of the work of this complex and compelling thinker.' Professor Kevin Hart, The University of Notre Dame, USA '…an erudite introduction to the key themes in Marion's work, presented in a form accessible to advanced undergraduates, without sacrificing complexity. The book also includes excerpts from Marion's work and a nearly exhaustive bibliography of primary and secondary sources. An excellent resource…Highly recommended.' Choice ’Given Marion's importance, Robyn Horner has provided a great service in writing this book…Horner does a brilliant job of situating Marion within his philosophical context… In addition to the analysis of Marion's work, Horner provides an invaluable and exhaustive primary and secondary bibliography of Marion's work, as well as excerpts from representative texts.’ The Journal of Religion
Contents: Introduction; Part I Situating Marion: Contexts; Philosophical perspectives; Introducing phenomenology; Postmodern imperatives. Part II The theological destitution of metaphysics: A theology of distance; The icon, love, and the gift; Thinking God: Descartes and the idea of the infinite; God without being. Part III Exceeding Excess: Renewals of phenomenology; Saturated phenomena; A thought of love. Postscript; Appendices; Index.