Givenness and Revelation

Written by Jean-Luc Marion | Translated by Stephen E. Lewis
Oxford University Press | March 24, 2016

Givenness and Revelation represents both the unity and the deep continuity of Jean-Luc Marion's thinking over many decades.

This investigation into the origins and evolution of the concept of revelation arises from an initial reappraisal of the tension between natural theology and the revealed knowledge of God or sacra doctrina. Marion draws on the re-definition of the notions of possibility and impossibility, the critique of the reification of the subject, and the unpredictability of the event in its relationship to the gift in order to assess the respective capacities of dogmatic theology, modern metaphysics, contemporary phenomenology, and the biblical texts, especially the New Testament, to conceive the paradoxical phenomenality of a revelation.

This work thus brings us to the very heart and soul of Marions theology, concluding with a phenomenological approach to the Trinity that uncovers the logic of gift performed in the scriptural manifestation of Jesus Christ as Son of the Father. Givenness and Revelation enhances not only our understanding of religious experience, but enlarges the horizon of possibility of phenomenology itself.

With a Foreword by Ramona Fotiade, Senior Lecturer in French, and David Jasper, Professor of Literature and Theology, both at the University of Glasgow.


Jean-Luc Marion, is a Member of the Académie française, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies, Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology, and Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Stephen E. Lewis is Professor and Chair of English Department, Franciscan University of Steubenville. He also translated Negative Certainties by J-L Marion (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

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