Inspired by both metaphysics and phenomenology, the work of Roque J. Ferriols, SJ, provides a fascinating insight into givenness, which resonates with the work of Jean-Luc Marion. This paper outlines the points of convergence between these two thinkers, especially as regards their readings of Augustine’s Confessiones (The Confessions of St. Augustine). For Marion and Ferriols, Augustine’s experience is the journey of a creature discovering both the givenness of creation and selfhood as a gift.
Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities Asia is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year by the School of Humanities of the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Multidisciplinary in scope, it welcomes articles in English or Filipino in the following fields: literature, philosophy, theology, performance arts, visual arts, forms of media and other related areas, especially studies engaging Philippine and Asian experience.