Springer, Dordrecht


269 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-27940-4

Contributions to Phenomenology
vol. 85

Marion and Derrida on the gift and desire

debating the generosity of things

Jason Alvis

This book examines the various encounters between Jean-Luc Marion and Jacques Derrida on “the gift,” considers their many differences on “desire,” and demonstrates how these topics hold the keys to some of phenomenology’s most pressing structural questions, especially regarding “deconstructive” approaches within the field. The book claims that the topic of desire is a central lynchpin to understanding the two thinkers’ conflict over the gift, for the gift is reducible to the “desire to give,” which initiates a turnto the topic of “generosity.” To what degree might loving also imply giving? How far might it be suggested that love is reducible to desire and intentionality? It is demonstrated how Derrida (the generative “father” of deconstruction) rejects the possibility of any potential relation between the gift and desire on the account that desire is bound to calculative repetition, economical appropriation, and subject-centered interests that hinder deconstruction. Whereas Marion (a representative of the phenomenological tradition) demands a unique union between the gift and desire, which are both represented in his “reduction to givenness” and “erotic reduction.”

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27942-8

Full citation:

Alvis, J. (2016). Marion and Derrida on the gift and desire: debating the generosity of things, Springer, Dordrecht.

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Marion on love and givenness

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Desire in Derrida's given time

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