The Extra-Phenomenal

  • Emmanuel Falque Institut Catolique de Paris


Everything is phenomenon, everything is gift, or everything is given. This presupposition of phenomenology, which makes giveness (Gegebenheit) the starting point for phenomenality, is not altogether self-evident. It is not sufficient to look merely at the reverse of the gift (phenomenology of the night), but it is a matter of questioning the impossibility of even giving (the night of phenomenology). Questioning the strategies of the contemporary reappropriations of Kant—radicalization (Heidegger), disproportion (Ricœur), and inversion (Marion)—this text works under a fourth possibility, seldom examined and yet still envisaged by Kant: the “Extra-Phenomenal”, or in other words, the “Chaos”, the “pell-mell”, the “Cinnabar”, or the “melee of sensations”.

Keywords: phenomenology, donation, night, extra-phenomenal, Cinnabar, melee of sensations, madness, trauma, sickness.

How to Cite
FALQUE, Emmanuel. The Extra-Phenomenal. Diakrisis Yearbook of Theology and Philosophy, [S.l.], v. 1, p. 9-28, may 2018. ISSN 2601-7415. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 apr. 2020. doi: