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What do We Mean When We Speak of Revelation?

Jan 16, 2019
Swift Hall, Common Room
1025 E 58th St,
Chicago, IL 60637
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Jean-Luc MarionUniversity of Chicago

  • What Do We Mean When We Speak Of Revelation?

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Free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought and The Philosophy of Religions Workshop. Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact us at 773-955-5887 or by email.

In this lecture, philosopher Jean-Luc Marion will draw on reflections from his recent book Givenness and Revelation to develop a new concept of revelation. Traditionally, the idea of revelation seems to oppose knowledge acquired through the use of reason and knowledge given by revelation. If revealed knowledge comes from elsewhere, then it is of an entirely different order than the rational. Likewise, if revelation merely makes something known that would be accessible to reason in other circumstances, then revelation remains something superfluous to rationality. Is it possible to have a concept of revelation that overcomes this tension with reason and, ultimately, expands the limits of rationality?


Jean-Luc Marion is the Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology and professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, and holds the Dominique Dubarle chair at the Institut Catholique de Paris. He is also Professor Emeritus of Modern Philosophy and Metaphysics at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and is a member of the Académie Française. Among his books are In the Self’s Place: The Approach of Saint Augustine, God Without Being, and The Erotic Phenomenon. In 2014 he delivered the Gifford Lectures on Givenness and Revelation.