The Erotic Phenomenon

Jean-Luc Marion Stephen E. Lewis

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The Erotic Phenomenon

The Erotic Phenomenon While humanists have pondered the subject of love to the point of obsessiveness philosophers have steadfastly ignored it The word philosophy means love of wisdom but the absence of love from philoso

  • Title: The Erotic Phenomenon
  • Author: Jean-Luc Marion Stephen E. Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780226505374
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • While humanists have pondered the subject of love to the point of obsessiveness, philosophers have steadfastly ignored it The word philosophy means love of wisdom, but the absence of love from philosophical discourse is curiously glaring In The Erotic Phenomenon, Jean Luc Marion attends to this dearth with an inquiry into the concept of love itself Marion bWhile humanists have pondered the subject of love to the point of obsessiveness, philosophers have steadfastly ignored it The word philosophy means love of wisdom, but the absence of love from philosophical discourse is curiously glaring In The Erotic Phenomenon, Jean Luc Marion attends to this dearth with an inquiry into the concept of love itself Marion begins with a critique of Descartes equation of the ego s ability to doubt with the certainty that one exists We encounter love, he says, when we first step forward as a lover I love therefore I am, and my love is the reason I care whether I exist or not This philosophical base allows Marion to probe several manifestations of love and its variations, including carnal excitement, self hate, lying and perversion, fidelity, the generation of children, and the love of God Throughout, Marion stresses that all erotic phenomena stem not from the ego as popularly understood but instead from love Marion is doing the most interesting work in phenomenology today This is not a book about other books about love It is patiently and carefully attentive to the things themselves, and reads as an analysis that is at once rigorous and lyrical attuned to both the concept and the caress Choice Marion s avowed topic is the erotic phenomenon, and his method is phenomenology He is a master of that method, and the result is an analysis of erotic love of unparalleled precision and depth The depiction he gives of the erotic phenomenon is fundamentally convincing, and readers will find their own loves illuminated and questioned Commonweal

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    1. ايمان on said:

      هذا كتاب ضد السطحية المعطاة للحب كقيمة رومانسية تابعة,ماريون يمنح الحب مفهوما فلسفيا سابق للمعرفة ذاتها بل محفز لهافكيف لنا أن نعرف قبل أن نحب و كيف لنا ان ننطق عبارة انا أحبك قبل ان نفهم

    2. the gift on said:

      this is a later addition: i have upped the rating to a five, put it on my favoritephilosophy shelf, because it seems most immediately practical, that it is useful in ethical behaviour, i have recommended this to another who was reading kierkegaard, then have used this to understand my own motives, my fears, my doubts, when someone expresses apparently honest love for me. this is not skepticism of the other but of myself. this is a most conscious attempt to use philosophy to know real life. maybe [...]

    3. hope mohammed on said:

      لم انهيه ، الكتاب وضعته المنظمة تحت بند علوم انسانية واجتماعية وأجد نفسي بعد مقدمة طويلة جميلة اخوض حتى اذني في الفلسفة مع انها ليست شديدة التركيز وان كانت مثيرة للملل

    4. Allyne on said:

      St John the Theologian tells us -- twice in the fourth chapter of his first epistle (verses 8 and 16) that 'God is love.' Not 'God is loving,' nor 'God loves.' No, God simply is love. So it shouldn't be surprising if a priest or theologian says the same thing. But the most splendid explication of this from a philosophical perspective has recently been published -- Jean-Luc Marion's The Erotic Phenomenon (University of Chicago Press, 2007).Marion is a Roman Catholic layman and arguably the leadin [...]

    5. Moses Allen on said:

      Jean-Luc Marion's new book "The Erotic Phenomenon" is not a phenomenology of human sexuality. The connotations to the translated title may be very misleading for the American audience. Readers should be aware of this. At the University of Chicago, I was fortunate enough to hear Marion speak upon the topic of his new book. He argues that love cannot be explained with a metaphysics, therefore he pursues it phenomenologically. He lays out a wonderfully crafted juxtaposition on various accounts of l [...]

    6. Andy Stager on said:

      Probably the hardest to read book about a simple fact in the history of literature. You can't be unless you love. I love, therefore I am. A very rich book. Hard. But rich.

    7. Majed AlShehri on said:

      لم أكمل الكتاب تفاءلت بالكتاب بعد قراءة مقدمة المترجم الطويلةلكن أُصبت بالاحباط بعدما بدأت في متن الكتاب، ترجمة تعيسة جدا وتكاد تكون غير مفهومة في بعض الأجزاء :(أستغرب هذه الترجمة السيئة من دار مثل المنظمة العربية للترجمة

    8. B. on said:

      The first 60-70 pages or so of this book were torture, full of unjustified claims to 'obviousness' and circular arguments and such with no clear sense that there might eventually be a payoff. The ideological bias of his Christian thought is quite clear throughout the book, which is at times not much more than a thinly veiled attempt to offer a rationale for the dogma of his Church. That would be fine if the book wasn't presented as pure philosophy. Church dogma may be divinely inspired, mabye ev [...]

    9. Joseph on said:

      Wow! Has anyone noticed how indebted Marion's discussion of the "flesh" in the second half of the book is to Michel Henry's notion of flesh? It is wierd that Marion does not footnote Henry at least once!

    10. Eslam Saqqa on said:

      ترجمة بائسة جدا من يوسف تيبس من المنظمة العربية للترجمةكانت مقدّمة المترجم، رغم ذلك، جميلة بل أكثر احتراماً للقارئ من كل ما تلاهامؤسف

    11. nora walid on said:

      لم أنهي الكتاب بسبب رداءة الترجمةلكن مقدمة المترجم وما ألتقطته من بين السطور كان جيد جداً.

    12. شيماءطارق on said:

      هذا الكتاب أجهدني وأخذ مني وقتًا طويلًا جدًا ,هذا الكتاب لا يريد منك أن تقرأه كشرح حالة او ظاهرة يريدك أن تقرأه كسمفونية مكتوبة , كنت أقرأ الصفحة و أنتظر بعدها أتأمل فيما قرأت ممكن أن أقرأ صفحة واحدة طوال اليوم اذا كانت دسمةهذا الكتاب سيكمله من يمتلك الصبر أو كل ما يريد هو قراء [...]

    13. Munira ☁️ on said:

      أنعدام السطحية في الحب هو ما يديمه

    14. حميد العقيلي on said:

      ظاهرة الحبأن الحب سلوك ثقافي قبل أن يكون شعوراً عاطفياً باطنياً وفردياً ، إننا نتعلم الحب قبل أن نحب ، يتشكل لدينا تصور فكري عبر التنشئة الاجتماعية عن الحب قبل أن يتحول إلى عمق وجودي ، إننا نفكر فيه ونتأمله قبل أن نعيشه . ودليل ذلك أن الحب قبل القرن العشرين كان عقلياً غايته ال [...]

    15. Max on said:

      Marion argues that using "am I?" as the originary philosophical question leads inevitably to a despairing cry of "what's the use?" The knowing subject is founded only on itself and thus cannot answer this question. Better to understand ourselves as primarily relational, asking the originary question "does anybody love me?" The erotic subject is not founded on itself only, but on the call "d'ailleurs" (from elsewhere) - the only way to avoid solipsistic despair.So far, so excellent; but Marion's [...]

    16. Amira on said:

      "أنا محبوب إذا أنا موجود "-الحب قبل كل شيء ، الحب قبل الوجود.- محاولة لتخليص الكوجيتو الديكارتي ( يقين الوجود عن طريق الشك" أنا افكر إذا أنا موجود " ) من الإنغلاق على الذات وحب الذات المؤدى إلى كراهيتها فى النهاية ، فتصبح الأنا المفكرة هي الانا العاشقة " أنا عاشق " لتنتقل إلى الغير [...]

    17. Tony on said:

      Marion's treatment of the concepts of love and loving are well developed but can be confusing to those who do not appreciate the richness of philosophical expression and inquiry. 'Amo, ergo sum' has long been my personal philosophy of self. At first I thought it odd that I felt this way. As I continue reading Marion's work, I am happy to recognize that my depth of consciousness has roots beyond the catacombs of my own timeless spirit.

    18. Abdurhman Saed on said:

      جعل اللاعقلانية عقلانية كيف سوف نشعر بالاشياء اذ لا نستطيع تفسيرهااجمل شيئين في الكتاب هو ترجمة يوسف تيبس وهي ترجمة من دكتور متخصص في الفلسفة اجمل من ترجمة دكتور لغة متخصص في اللغة الشىء الثاني هو انه ارجع الفلسفة الي اصلها بعد ما تم تشويها تمام الفلسفة هي اصل الحب وهذا ما بش [...]

    19. Joe Spencer on said:

      Phenomenology redefined. And with a remarkably Lacanian twist. A must-read!

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