Jean-Luc Marion

Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology




Docteur en IIIe cycle, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 1974
Docteur d'Etat, Université Paris - Sorbonne, 1980
Member, Académie française, elected 2008
Member of the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome, 2010
Member correspondent, Academia Chilena de Ciencias Sociales, Politicas y Morales 

Jean-Luc Marion studies both the history of modern philosophy and contemporary phenomenology. In the former field, he has published several books on Descartes' ontology, rational theology, and metaphysics, focusing especially on medieval sources and using modern patterns of interpretation (e.g., On Descartes' Metaphysical Prism, Cartesian Questions, and On the Ego and on God: Further Cartesian Questions). In the latter field, he is pursuing a long-term inquiry into the question of God, as in The Idol and Distance and God Without Being. Finally, he initiated a phenomenology of givenness in Reduction and Givenness, which was further developed in Being Given: An Essay on the Phenomenology of Givenness and In Excess: Studies on Saturated Phenomena, and in The Erotic Phenomenon. In a more theological style, he has recently published Au lieu de soi. L’approche de saint Augustin (first edition, 2008; second edition, 2009; English translation, In the Self's Place, 2012). He is currently working on a last study devoted to deconstructing the myth of Cartesian dualism, Sur la pensée passive de Descartes.

Professor Marion has also worked in the areas of Greek and Latin patristics; the history of medieval and modern philosophy; aesthetics; and constructive theology. He is now working on the issue of Revelation as well as painting and phenomenology. He recently published Courbet ou la peinture à l'oeil (Paris, Flammarion, 2014). 

Marion has been awarded the Grand Prix du Philosophie de l’Académie Française, the 2008 Karl-Jaspers Prize of the city and University of Heidelberg, Germany (2008), and the Humboldt-Stiftung Prize (2012). He was elected to l’Académie Française in 2008 and received as an immortel (member) in 2010. In 2009 he was elected to the Academia dei Lincei (Rome). In February 2013, he presented the Pere Marquette Lecture in Theology at Marquette University (subsequently published as Givenness and Hermeneutics, Marquette University Press, 2013). In May 2014 he gave the Gifford Lectures at the University of Scotland, Glasgow. The four-lecture series ("Givenness and Revelation") will be published by Oxford University Press (late 2015).

In 2013 Marion was awarded four honorary doctorates, from the Universities of Glasgow, Iasi and Bucarest (both in Romania), and the Sapienza University of Rome. He had previously been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Utrecht, The National University of San Martin (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Haverford College (USA) and the University Peter Pasmany (Budapest, Hungary). In 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. He also was elected Chevalier du Tastevin, Clos-Vougeot in Burgundy, France. Additionally he was the Rouner Memorial Lecturer at Boston University (April 2015) and the Watanabe Lecturer at the American Cusanus Society (Kalamazoo, Michigan; May 2015). 

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Current and Upcoming Courses

Philosophy of Religions

DVPR 31802 Introduction to Phenomenology: Husserl

DVPR 43351 Poetry and Theory: Mallarme

DVPR 54712 Reading Descartes's Meditationes de prima Philosophia

DVPR 55401 The Concept of Revelation Between Philosophy and Theology II

DVPR 58804 Seminar: Dissertation Methodology

Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture

RLIT 43351 Poetry and Theory: Mallarme


THEO 31802 Introduction to Phenomenology: Husserl

THEO 54712 Reading Descartes's Meditationes de prima Philosophia

THEO 55401 The Concept of Revelation Between Philosophy and Theology II

THEO 58804 Seminar: Dissertation Methodology