Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/615908
Title:
Unwrapping the Gift: Empty Notion or Valuable Concept?
Authors:
Polce, Jonathon Emil
Abstract:
The concept of the gift has received ample philosophical attention in recent decades. Thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion have been major contributors to the conversation philosophically. However, their conclusions around the gift -- while generating many fruitful notions -- leave the gift impoverished from our ordinary experience. Further, their reflections make it difficult to predicated giftedness of existence. This thesis argues for a need to rethink the gift along different lines which seeks to widen the gift in order to be able to predicate it of existence. In order to make such an argument, the ideas of Kenneth Schmitz on the gift are recovered. Schmitz argues for an understanding of giftedness that includes a notion of reciprocity and receptivity -- contra Marion and Derrida. It is this notion of receptivity that makes Schmitz' framework able to be predicated of existence. Existence, understood as gifted, opens up fruitful avenues for anthropology and ethics, as well as argues for a certain disposition towards reality that is centered in wonder and gratitude.
Advisors:
Sweetman, Robert
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Citation:
Polce, Jonathon Emil. "Unwrapping the Gift: Empty Notion or Valuable Concept?" MA (Philosophy) Institute for Christian Studies, 2016.
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
May-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/615908
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Derrida, Jacques; Marion, Jean-Luc, 1946-; Gift; Giftedness; Existence; Schmitz, Kenneth; Reciprocity; Receptivity; Gratitude; Wonder; Gilson, Etienne; Thomas, Aquinas, Saint; Mauss, Marcel
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Rights holder:
This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Master of Arts (Philosophy)
Appears in Collections:
Masters Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorSweetman, Roberten
dc.contributor.authorPolce, Jonathon Emilen
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-11T14:21:45Z-
dc.date.available2016-07-11T14:21:45Z-
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dc.date.issued2016-05-
dc.identifier.citationPolce, Jonathon Emil. "Unwrapping the Gift: Empty Notion or Valuable Concept?" MA (Philosophy) Institute for Christian Studies, 2016.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/615908-
dc.description.abstractThe concept of the gift has received ample philosophical attention in recent decades. Thinkers such as Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion have been major contributors to the conversation philosophically. However, their conclusions around the gift -- while generating many fruitful notions -- leave the gift impoverished from our ordinary experience. Further, their reflections make it difficult to predicated giftedness of existence. This thesis argues for a need to rethink the gift along different lines which seeks to widen the gift in order to be able to predicate it of existence. In order to make such an argument, the ideas of Kenneth Schmitz on the gift are recovered. Schmitz argues for an understanding of giftedness that includes a notion of reciprocity and receptivity -- contra Marion and Derrida. It is this notion of receptivity that makes Schmitz' framework able to be predicated of existence. Existence, understood as gifted, opens up fruitful avenues for anthropology and ethics, as well as argues for a certain disposition towards reality that is centered in wonder and gratitude.en
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Impossible Gift? -- A Different Road to the Gift -- Gifted Existence? -- Sketching a Response and Solidifying an Answer -- Conclusion -- Bibliographyen
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International LIcenseen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectDerrida, Jacquesen
dc.subjectMarion, Jean-Luc, 1946-en
dc.subjectGiften
dc.subjectGiftednessen
dc.subjectExistenceen
dc.subjectSchmitz, Kennethen
dc.subjectReciprocityen
dc.subjectReceptivityen
dc.subjectGratitudeen
dc.subjectWonderen
dc.subjectGilson, Etienneen
dc.subjectThomas, Aquinas, Sainten
dc.subjectMauss, Marcelen
dc.titleUnwrapping the Gift: Empty Notion or Valuable Concept?en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen
dc.type.degreetitleMaster of Arts (Philosophy)en
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en
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