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 

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 PrismCartesian 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 Givennessand 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 also continues to work  on a 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 has been published by Oxford University Press (2016). His most recent title is La reprise du donné, PUF, Paris, 2016.

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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Philosophy of Religions

DVPR 53310 Questions About the Concept of Revelation

DVPR 33812 Descartes on the Self and God, and His Opponents

DVPR 58804 Seminar: Dissertation Methodology

DVPR 58804 Seminar: Dissertation Methodology


THEO 53310 Questions About the Concept of Revelation

THEO 33812 Descartes on the Self and God, and His Opponents

THEO 58804 Seminar: Dissertation Methodology

THEO 58804 Seminar: Dissertation Methodology