Breached Horizons:

The Work of Jean-Luc Marion


Conference at the Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy

and the Centre for Advanced Research in Catholic Thought

at King’s University College, London, Canada


March 27–29, 2015 

The current complete programPDF version

The Conference Poster: electronic copy


Keynote Speakers:
  • Jean-Luc Marion (Académie Française and École Normale Supérieure, Paris and University of Chicago, Divinity School, Department of Philosophy and Committee on Social Though)
  • Kevin Hart (Professor, Australian Catholic University)  
  • Christina Gschwandtner (Associate Professor, Philosophy, Fordham University) 
  • Ryan Coyne (Assistant Professor, University of Chicago) 
  • Jeffrey Kosky (Professor at Washington and Lee College, VA)
  • Vincent Giraud (Assistant Professor, Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Ugo Perone (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) 


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Carole L. Baker, Lovers and Friends: John Damascene and Jean-Luc Marion on Icons and the Hermeneutics of Love (Duke University)
  • Jenifer M Baker, Givenness in Painting Processes (York St John University, England)
  • Dr. Brian W. Becker, The Gift of Desire: Healing the Economic Wound (Division of Psychology & Applied Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA)
  • Levi Checketts, Vacek and Marion: Toward a Phenomenology of Erotic Love of God (Graduate Theological Union)
  • Jefferson M. Chua, Beyond Anarchy: Marion's Aquinas at the End of Metaphysics (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)
  • Steven DeLay,The Black Sun of Vanity and the Erotic Reduction in Marion (Christ Church, University of Oxford)
  • Dr. Cassandra Falke, Love Without Bodies (University of Tromsø, Norway)
  • Kadir Filiz, Jean-Luc Marion and Islamic Thought: An Ignored Relation (Istanbul 29 Mayis University, Turkey)
  • Dr. Peter Joseph Fritz, Jean-Luc Marion and the Catholic Sublime (College of the Holy Cross, USA)
  • Dr. M?ra Gr?nfelde, Is the Saturated Phenomenon Nonintentional? An Evaluation of Jean-Luc Marion’s Response (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Latvia)
  • Joshua Hackett, From Eros to Ethics: Bracketing the Beloved in Love in the Time of Cholera (Purdue University)
  • Dr. Robert W.M. Kennedy, Questioning God, Postmodernism, and the Mutual Priority of Metaphysics in Marion Contra Deconstruction and Weak Theology, (University of Ottawa)
  • Maxwell Kennel, Hermeneutics and the Phenomenology of Givenness (Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo)
  • Bryne Lewis, The Necessity of Another: Vanity and the Religious Community in Marion’s Account of the Saturated Phenomenon (Luzerne County Community College and Marywood University)
  • Dr. Stephen E. Lewis, Suffering the Gap Between Flesh and Person: Marion's Correction of Levinas (Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA)
  • Assoc. Prof. Shane Mackinlay, The Hermeneutics of Banal Saturation (Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia)
  • Prof. John Panteleimon Manoussakis, The Eschatological Constitution of Consciousness: Jean-Luc Marion's Phenomenological Contributions to Theology (College of the Holy Cross, USA)
  • Brock M. Mason, Revelation as a Saturated Phenomenon: On the Possibility/Impossibility of Distinguishing the Experience of God From the Experience of the Human Other (Fordham University, NYC) 
  • Dr. Jodie McNeilly, Marion’s Account of the Icon and Idol: Critically Seeking the Aesthetic, and Providing a Phenomenological Alternative with Husserl (The Centre for the Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion, Australian Catholic University)
  • Diego I. Rosales Meana, The Crying and the Word. Marion and Augustine on Identity and Confession (Center for Advanced Social Research, México)
  • Thomas J. Millay, Probing the Limits of Consciousness: Reading Kierkegaard and Marion in Dialogue (Baylor University)
  • Dr. Felix Ó Murchadha, Grace and Beauty: Marion and the Augustinian Legacy (National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • Brett David Potter, Image and Kenosis: Assessing Jean-Luc Marion's Contribution to a Postmetaphysical Theological Aesthetics (University of St. Michael's College, Canada)
  • Julia Reed, White Theology' and Cartesian Metaphysics (Harvard University)
  • Dr. Pierre-Jean Renaudie, Ways of Being Given: Investigating the Bounds of Givenness through Marion and Husserl (University of Porto / MLAG)
  • Dr. Daniel Rober, Henri de Lubac's Influence on Marion: Human Nature and the Counter-Experience of Grace (Fordham University, New York)
  • Justin Mandela Roberts, Icon(oclast)ic Discourse: Jean-Luc Marion and the Formal Logic of the Infinite (McMaster Divinity College, Canada)
  • Jorge Luis Roggero, Art and Hermeneutics in Marion's Latest Work (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Dr. Jennifer E. Rosato, Discovering Human Insufficiency with Marion: From Vanity to Weakness of Will, (Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD)
  • Stephanie Rumpza, The Icon: Crossing the Visible or Crossing it Out? (Boston College)
  • Joseph M. Spencer, Amorous Hope: On the Adequacy of Jean-Luc Marion's Principle of Insufficient Reason (University of New Mexico)
  • Mr. Tang Man-to, Marion on Visible and Invisible in Painting (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Dr. Claudio Tarditi, Seeing the Invisible. Jean-Luc Marion Interpreter of Saint Paul (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Dr. Mark Tazelaar, Breached Horizons: How Marion Helps Us to Understand Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling (Dordt College, Iowa USA)
  • Donald L. Wallenfang, O.C.D.S., Ph.D., Marion and Mysticism: From Givenness to Contemplation (Walsh University, U.S.A.)
  • John W. Wright, Jr., Death and Love: Heidegger, Marion, and the Distinction between Philosophy and Theology (Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego) 



The Poster for the Conference: Electronic copy



  • We are requesting 75$ Canadian for Faculty and 45$ Canadian for students/unwaged to help defray the cost of breaks and lunches. We can accept cash and Canadian cheques at registration. Registration will take place in main hall of Darryl J. King Student Life Centre.

Conference Information:


Conference Site: (A Map will be in the registration package)

  • All the Keynote talks will take place in Auditorium, Darryl J. King Student Life Centre, King's University College.

  • All the talks will take place either in Darryl J. King Student Life Centre or in Dante Lenardon Hall (the rooms will be indicated on the program)


A Google Map with important locations (King’s, Airport, Train and Bus stations, Hotels, and restaurants):


Conference Hotels:

  • Concerning accommodation, we have reserved a series of rooms at the Station Park Inn (, which is located in downtown London at 242 Pall Mall Street. There are regular rooms at $150.00 CDN/ night (taxes included). When you call to book your room (519-642-4444/1-800-561-4574), please mention that you would like the special rate for the Breached Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion Conference at King’s University College.  


Limited Affordable accommodation (very reasonable and close to the University, but limited space book quickly):


Other Hotels:

·      Windermere Manor  200 Collip Circle  519-858-1414 /  1-800-997-4477 (

·      Hilton  300 King Street  519-439-1661 (

·      Delta Armouries  325 Dundas Street 519-640-5015 (

·     Holiday Inn Express: 374 Dundas Street    1 877 660 8550 (most economical in downtown core, depending upon season)


Traveling to Kings:


  • While there are some flights form a number of cities in Canada and the US, you most likely will have to fly through Toronto International or Chicago O'Hare International.

  • From the Airport: the airport is reasonably small so there is no problem navigating to the taxi stand. There are always taxis available. There is no public transit from the airport to the university.

Viarail (Train)

  • the train station is located at the south end of London and there is both public transit from there to both the hotel and King’s. There are also always taxis available.

Greyhound (Bus)

  • the bus station is located at the south end of London and there is both public transit from there to both the hotel and King’s. There are also always taxis available.

General Information for Visitors to King’s and London, Ontario (Canada):

·       Maps of King's University College

·       Maps of the University of Western, Canada

·       Parking will be free at King’s University.

·       Local Transportation information, including bus routs, etc.

·      Taxis:

  • Blue and White Taxis: 226-271-3404

  • U-Need-A-Cab: 519-438-2121

  • Yellow London Taxi: 519-657-1111

  • Checker: 519-659-0400

Restaurants on or close to Campus:


  • Quynh Nhi, 55A Wharncliffe Rd., 519-850-8878 – the one of the very best Vietnamese food in London at a great price, $ à $$ 

  • Tamarine by Quynh Nhi, 118 Dundas St, 519-601-8276  – the other best Vietnamese food in London at a great price, $ à $$

  • The Tasting Room, 483 Richmond Street, 519-438-6262—a variety of delicious dishes to choose form, designed as tasting-menu restaurant, $$ à $$$

  • Abruzzi, 119 King Street, 519-675-9995—excellent southern Italian food, try homemade gnocchi, pastas and pizzas are thin, thin, thin, $$ à $$$

  • La Casa, 117 King Street, 519-434-2272—Italian trattoria, $$$

  • Massey’s Fine Indian Cuisine, 174 King Street, 519-672-2989—delicious Inidan delicacies combined with chef’s own house specialities.  Excellent service. $$ à $$$ 

  • Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling Street, 519-679-9940—traditional pub fare,  $ à $$$

  • The Morrissey House, 359 Dundas Street—traditional Irish pub, funky menu, $ à $$$

  • Marienbad, 122 Carling Avenue, 519-679-9940—German and Eastern European food, including schnitzel and dumplings, $$ à $$$

  • The Budapest, 338 Dundas Street, 519-439-3431—Over fifty years in London, a classic place for warm Hungarian hospitality and delicious dishes, $$ à $$$

  • Billy’s Smoked Meat Deli, 113 Dundas Street, 519-679-1970—deli and smoked meats, sandwiches, hot and cold, $ à $$

  • Covent Garden Market, 130 King Street, 519-439-3921—, variety of foods, moderately priced, downtown at Market Square. Excellent bureks, $ à $$

  • Waldo’s on King, 130 King Street, 519-433-6161—great bistro food with contemporary flare, $$ à $$$

  • David’s Bistro, 432 Richmond Street, 519-667-0535—Classic French bistro cooking; great seafood and wines, $$ à $$$

  • Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant, 717 Richmond Street, Unit 1, 519-435-0616—classic Spanish and Portuguese cooking with Arab influence, $$ à $$$

  • Trü Restaurant and Lounge, 45 King Street, 519-672-4333, funky, urban, chic menu, $$ à $$$

  • The Only on King, 172 King Street, 519-936-2064—one of London’s hot spots for fine dining with contemporary twist, recommended by EnRoute Magazine, $$$

  • Blackfriars Bistro, 46 Blackfriars Street, 519-667-4930—fine dining, delicious creations, $$$

  • Zen Garden, 344 Dundas Street, 519-433-6688—vegetarian fair, reasonable prices $$