0008 Why are Catholic philosophers interested in phenomenology?
In Comments on Joseph Trabbic’s Essay (2021) “Jean Luc Marion and … First Philosophy”, a second incentive is proposed.
0009 If phenomenology situates science, then what puts phenomenology into perspective?
0010 In 1995, the French Catholic phenomenologist, Jean-Luc Marion, comes very close to naming that “what”. “What” coincides with the givenness of things themselves.
0011 Marion’s identification of givenness offers an opportunity for Catholic philosophers. But, the concerns of the positivist intellect remain. The positivist intellect rules out metaphysics.
As far as science is concerned, givenness is irrelevant.
0012 But, there is a twist.
The naming of givenness illuminates the potential underlying phenomenological reduction.
The noumenon1a, the thing itself1a, is a mind-independent being.
The noumenon1b, what the thing itself1a must be1b, is a mind-dependent being, that one can take to be mind-independent.
0013 Does that reflect the awkward nature of givenness?
One can give, with no expectation for return.
Can one take, with no expectation of reciprocity?
Can the gift be given, even when the giver and the recipient are nowhere to be found?