American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 95, Issue 3, Summer 2021

Catholicism and Phenomenology

Joseph G. TrabbicOrcid-ID
Pages 389-409

Jean-Luc Marion and the Phénoménologie de la Donation as First Philosophy

Jean-Luc Marion proposes what he calls the “phenomenology of givenness” (phénoménologie de la donation) as the true “first philosophy.” In this paper I consider his critique of previous first philosophies and his argument for the phenomenology of givenness as their replacement. I note several problems with the phenomenology of givenness and conclude that it does not seem ready yet to assume the title of “first philosophy.”