Tamsin Jones believes that locating Jean-Luc Marion solely within theological or phenomenological discourse undermines the coherence of his intellectual and philosophical enterprise. Through a comparative examination of Marion's interpretation and use of Dionysius the Areopagite and Gregory of Nyssa, Jones evaluates the interplay of the manifestation and hiddenness of phenomena. By placing Marion against the backdrop of these Greek fathers, Jones sharpens the tension between Marion's rigorous method and its intended purpose: a safeguard against idolatry. At once situated at the crossroads of the debate over the turn to religion in French phenomenology and an inquiry into the retrieval of early Christian writings within this discourse, A Genealogy of Marion's Philosophy of Religion opens up a new view of the phenomenology of religious experience.
Tamsin Jones is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer on Religion for the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Sightings: The Location and Function of Patristic Citation in Jean-Luc Marion's Writing 2. How to Avoid Idolatry: A Comparison of "Apophasis" in Gregory of Nyssa and Dionysius the Areopagite 3. Giving a Method: Securing Phenomenology's Place as "First Philosophy" 4. Interpreting "Saturated Phenomenality": Marion's Hermeneutical Turn? 5. The Apparent in the Darkness: Evaluating Marion's Apophatic Phenomenology Conclusion Notes Selected Bibliography Index