Date of Award

1-30-2008

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Systematic Theology

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

R. Kevin Seasoltz, OSB

Abstract

This work was originally submitted as part of a phenomenological exploration for a course on Eucharistic theology under the direction of Fr. Kevin Seasoltz, OSB. The assignment parameters included research and examination of a contemporary theological issue concerning Eucharist on a graduate level of engagement. This paper includes a discussion of two distinct Marion scholars, their insights, and Marion’s treatment of the concepts of icon and idol, which are central to his conception of presence. It contains my translation of question 75, article IV in the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. This section functions as a linguistic hermeneutic device for Marion’s argument regarding the challenging application of metaphysics in the generally positivistic minds of contemporaries. This work also analyzes Marion’s understanding of absence, as an entrée into his phenomenology of presence which is both intellectual and temporal. Finally, this paper addresses the strengths and weaknesses of Marion’s theological insights with regards to praxis in the contemporary Roman Catholic Church.

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