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Jean-Luc P. Marion, French philosopher, educator. Recipient Grand prix du Philosophie, French Academy, Paris, 1992.


Marion, Jean-Luc P. was born on July 3, 1946 in Meudon, France. Son of Jean Marion and Suzanne Roussey.


Doctorat 3d cycle, Sorbonne, Paris, 1974. Doctorat d'etat, Sorbonne, Paris, 1980.


Professor philosophy Poitiers (France) University, 1981—1988, University Paris-Nanterre, 1988—1994, University Paris-Sorbonne, since 1995. Editor-in-chief Epimetheon, since 1981. Member board Les Etudes Philosophiques, since 1995.

Visiting professor philosophy University Chicago, since 1992. Chair Ecole Doctorale Concepts et Langages University Paris Sorbonne, since 1999.



Jean-Luc Marion has two specialist study areas, the interpretation of Descartes in the light of poststructuralist and phenomenological philosophy and the elaboration of a postmodern theology. These are brought together through a critique of Descartes’s metaphysical definitions of God from the standpoint of a theology based on divine revelation. For Marion, revelation is the only possible basis for a theology in the postmodern world.

Reason can only provide us with a God as ‘idol’ and not a God as 'icon'. Philosophy and theology must therefore move away from metaphysics and towards phenomenological experiences such as charity. Jean-Luc Marion is important in contemporary poststructuralist and phenomenological work on theology and the divine, in particular where his work crosses that of Derrida and Levinas.


  • Philosophers & Thinkers

    Descartes. Nietzsche. Husserl. Heidegger, Levinas and Derrida.

  • Other Interests

    Descartes; metaphysics. Phenomenology. especially of divine revelation. History of philosophy.


Married Corinne Nicolas, April 4, 1970. Children: Donys, Gregoire.

Jean Marion

Suzanne Roussey

Corinne Nicolas

Donys Marion

Gregoire Marion