Sophia 54 (3):321-341 (2015)

This article aims to explore the philosophical approach to faith after deconstruction as manifested in the work of Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy. By taking the saturated phenomenon as its focus, the analysis seeks to demonstrate that whilst Marion’s thinking proves to be an innovative re-imagining of the possibilities of phenomenology, its problematic recourse to a supplementary hermeneutic means that saturation can never be adequately applied to faith without simultaneously compromising the excessive intuition upon which it relies. The article then explores whether Nancy’s suggestion that saturation be re-framed as faith can offer a viable alternative approach. Whilst the post-phenomenological modality within which Nancy operates means it may be problematic to retain the term ‘saturation’ in the exact sense Marion gives it, it is argued that Nancy’s version of saturated faith allows us to approach the binary divide between philosophy and theology from a different direction, resulting in a vision of faith that cuts across theism and atheism, destabilising them from within. Although Nancy’s thought in this area certainly does nothing to respond to persistent questions surrounding the place of institutionalized religion within secular modernity, it nevertheless serves as a powerful tool for thinking the possibilities of faith in the twenty-first century
Keywords Jean-Luc Marion  Jean-Luc Nancy  Faith  Deconstruction  Phenomenology  Theology  Saturated phenomenon  Hermeneutics
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11841-015-0473-1
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,593
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Inoperative Community.Jean-Luc Nancy - 1991 - University of Minnesota Press.
Identity and Difference.Martin Heidegger - 1969 - New York: Harper & Row.
Being Singular Plural.Jean-Luc Nancy - 2000 - Stanford University Press.

View all 41 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Being Exposed to Love: The Death of God in Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy.Ashok Collins - 2016 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 80 (3):297-319.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Future of Paradosis: Jean-Luc Nancy’s Dis-Enclosure: Deconstruction of Christianity.Bettina Bergo - 2013 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 17 (2):178-203.
Saturation and Disappointment.Ruud Welten - 2004 - Bijdragen 65 (1):79-96.
The Visible and the Revealed.Jean-Luc Marion - 2008 - Fordham University Press.
IJPR: Beyond the Limit and Limiting the Beyond. [REVIEW]Michael Purcell - 2010 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 68 (1-3):121-138.
Vision and Voice: Phenomenology and Theology in the Work of Jean-Luc Marion. [REVIEW]Merold Westphal - 2006 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 60 (1/3):117 - 137.
Blurred Vision: Marion on the 'Possibility' of Revelation. [REVIEW]Matthew I. Burch - 2010 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 67 (3):157 - 171.
Touching the Opening of the World.Gary Banham - 2013 - Derrida Today 6 (1):58-77.


Added to PP index

Total views
69 ( #159,097 of 2,462,067 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #298,852 of 2,462,067 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes