On the Ego and on God

On the Ego and on God : Further Cartesian Questions

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In this most recent of his seminal studies on Descartes, Jean-Luc Marion brings together essays on the topics of the ego and of God, most of them previously unavailable in English. More than any other of Marion's works, the book illustrates the profound connection between his phenomenological concerns and his writings on Descartes. Liberating God and the self from the constrictions of metaphysics are fundamental tenets of Marion's theological and phenomenological work. This book highlights the same topics in the philosophy of Descartes.

In Part I (On the Ego), Marion explores the alterity of the Cartesian ego, arguing that it is not as solitary as has often been assumed, and shows how Descartes' writings themselves are framed by dialogue. He explicates the status of the "rule of truth" in the Meditations, on the one hand highlighting how Descartes' argument is not circular, on the other hand showing how Pascal responds to and alters Descartes. He also elucidates the ambivalent status of the concept of substance in Descartes by returning to its roots in the philosophy of Suarez.

In Part II (On God), Marion returns to the important Cartesian thesis of the creation of the eternal truths, setting it in the context of the claims of earlier thinkers and showing its demise in philosophies following Descartes. The study closes with a careful delineation of the concept of causa sui and a detailed survey of the idea of God in seventeenth-century thought.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 488 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.1mm | 548.85g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0823227545
  • 9780823227549

Review quote

"Offers a rare and accessible survey of the questions that motivate one of the most

important interpreters of Descartes in the twentieth century."

----Jeffrey Kosky, Washington & Lee University To read Jean-Luc Marion on Descartes provokes the same sorts of excitement,

surprise, disagreement and admiration that an earlier generation experienced

when reading Martin Heidegger on Nietzsche. If Marion is less exorbitant

than Heidegger, he is more exacting in what he demands of Descartes's

writings. One thing is certain: no one who reads Descartes can afford not to

read Marion on Descartes.

----Kevin Hart, University of Virginia . . . Marion's project is immensely rich, subtle, and inventive. * -Christianity and Literature *
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About Jean-Luc Marion

Jean-Luc Marion is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV, Dominique Dubarle Professor of Philosophy at the Institut catholique de Paris, Andrew T. Greely and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a member of the Academie francaise. Christina M. Gschwandtner teaches Continental Philosophy of Religion at Fordham University. She is the author of Reading Jean-Luc Marion: Exceeding Metaphysics; Postmodern Apologetics? Arguments about God in Contemporary Philosophy (Fordham); Degrees of Givenness: On Saturation in Jean-Luc Marion; and Marion and Theology, besides articles and translations at the intersection of phenomenology and religion.
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