How am I? Thinking ‘being’ through excess, exscription and saturated phenomena.

Luzar, R (2016) How am I? Thinking ‘being’ through excess, exscription and saturated phenomena. In: Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue in a Pluralistic World: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives, 1 - 2 June 2016, Oviidius University, Constanta, Romania.

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Throughout the world today, the question of ‘man’ is both bemoaned and curiously explored. In a so-called globalised world, identity narrows upon knowing and, moreover, perceiving oneself as somehow individual, self-involved or I. The paper investigates man as a question of ‘I’ through the post-phenomenologies of Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Luc Nancy. Both French philosophers thoroughly rethink the foundation through which man comes to be, appears, and exists throughout any world. It is a world multiply shared and singular. For Nancy, any concept of individuality is interrogated through a singular notion of ‘exscription’. Being is exscribed – rather than inscribed, uniquely marked or individualised – such that nascence [Parousia] means coming-into-being, an event that happens immanently throughout an intersubjective world. Identity is then to be thought of as shared, being with others, world-wide, singular-plural. For Marion any question of being regards a non-substantive, transcendental I that is given through, what he calls, ‘saturated phenomena’. Saturation is a notion that concerns existing in a completely different perception of phenomena, giving and showing more than being is sensed (to substantially be). The investigation here proposes that both philosophers think being through a logic of excess. Exscription and saturated phenomena reconfigure the very means of thinking, or logic, wherein ‘being’ is always already extending, existing, and, irreversibly, in excess. It is an excess that fundamentally overturns inwardly and transforms outwardly the concept of man as such. The I takes precedence over the precariously individualised, self-coincident, and substantive ‘me’. This means therefore asking how one is, the event in which living intersubjectively and phenomenally may happen. This means, plainly said, asking less “what am I? and more “how am I?”

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 10:07
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