The Potential Contribution of the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion to Discourse in the Post-Secular Public Sphere
Konstantin F. Tringas

September 20, 2019, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Department of Philosophy, CTC, UD

Treacy Boardroom
CTC, 278 Victoria Pde
East Melbourne 3002
Australia

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Abstract: This presentation proposes a thought-experiment by adapting aspects of the philosophy of the French Catholic philosopher Jean-Luc Marion for the discourse of the contemporary public sphere. I briefly recall Jürgen Habermas’ invitation to religion to help overcome current political deficits in political motivation and solidarity in modern Western democracies. His invitation is, however, subject to a translation proviso for religious contributions in the formal public sphere. I propose and discuss three aspects of Marion’s philosophy: (1) Marion’s treatment of the other person as a concrete, rather than as a generalised other, (2) the related argument that our relationship with the other person should be one governed by love and charity (to be rendered in the public sphere as the display of hospitality and friendship to the other person/political participant), and (3) finally that conduct in the public sphere should be guided by the hermeneutic emphasis on the priority of the question, rather than the assertion and defence of a claim, which mirrors Marion’s own emphasis on the priority of the call of givenness. My argument is that these aspects of Marion’s philosophy require an amendment and development before they can make a positive contribution in the political public sphere, but that this is not due to Habermas’ concern with religiosity per se, but because of other factors, principally the distinction between the private/public and the philosophical/practical.

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