By Jason Alvis

This booklet examines a number of the encounters among Jean-Luc Marion and Jacques Derrida on “the gift,” considers their many ameliorations on “desire,” and demonstrates how those themes carry the keys to a few of phenomenology’s so much urgent structural questions, in particular relating to “deconstructive” techniques in the box. The e-book claims that the subject of wish is a critical lynchpin to knowing the 2 thinkers’ clash over the present, for the reward is reducible to the “desire to give,” which initiates a flip to the subject of “generosity.” To what measure may well loving additionally indicate giving? How a long way may perhaps it's steered that love is reducible to wish and intentionality? it's proven how Derrida (the generative “father” of deconstruction) rejects the potential of any capability relation among the reward and wish at the account that wish is sure to calculative repetition, comparatively cheap appropriation, and subject-centered pursuits that prevent deconstruction. while Marion (a consultant of the phenomenological culture) calls for a different union among the reward and hope, that are either represented in his “reduction to givenness” and “erotic reduction.”

The e-book is the 1st broad try to contextualize the stark alterations among Marion and Derrida in the phenomenological legacy (Husserl, Heidegger, Kant), offers readers with in-depth bills of the themes of the present, love, and wish, and demonstrates one other ability during which the showing of phenomena could be understood, specifically, in line with the generosity of things.

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More generally speaking, though Derrida here interprets desire according to affirmation, the overwhelming majority of references to desire in his work associate it with this kind of calculative and economical attempt to “keep” and “repeat,” both of which limit the work of deconstruction. Despite writing of desire in scattered places throughout his work, there is no sustained reflection on the topic that merits any consideration that desire is conceived or thought to play a formative role in deconstruction.

106 It has also been claimed that Derrida’s philosophy has been hijacked for theological purposes. See Martin Hägglund, Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008). 34 1 Introduction: Histories of the Gift and Desire present work takes for granted that although Marion’s phenomenology of the gift may be inspired by theological interests, it is not necessarily reducible to them. 107 Also of note is Kevin Hart’s recently collected (2013) Jean-Luc Marion: The Essential Writings, which acts as a reader of selections to Marion’s work, alongside Hart’s masterfully written introductions to these selections.

London: Routledge, 1991), pp. 102–103. 98 Here Marion addresses Derrida’s crucial development of the interrelated issues of invisibility and impossibility; openings that became essential for Marion’s own resuscitation of Givenness and the adonné. Jean-Luc Marion, Figures de phénoménologie. Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Henry, Derrida (Paris: Vrin, 2012). 99 “…Henry et Lévinas, et d’une certaine maniére Derrida, restent gens vivants avec qui je suis toujours en discussino. ” Jean-Luc Marion, La Rigueur des Choses: Entretiens avec Dan Arbib (Paris: Flammarion, 2012), pp.

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