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SANTANA, Wellington José. IS LOVE A GIFT? A PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY ABOUT GIVENNESS. Kriterion [online]. 2016, vol.57, n.134, pp.441-454. ISSN 1981-5336.

The contemporary philosophical debate about "gift" brought into light above all by French philosophers Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion, brought about new and live discussions regarding what gift is and what is its nature. The present article analyses whether or not love can be regarded as a gift or, rather, follow the same problem showed by Derrida. According to him, every gift carries an internal contradiction and can never be and, therefore, will never be gift. A gift is impossible. What is as gift to people (someone freely gives something to someone), is, actually a commodity, an economical circle for Derrida. This article seeks to inquire whether can or cannot love follow the same gift pattern or if it, rather, builds his own path and follows its own internal logic. Is it possible to analyze love following on the footsteps of phenomenology? If love can be analyzed in a phenomenological fashion - reduction of love - then a new horizon will be opened.

Keywords : Givenness; Contradiction; Phenomenon; Gift; Freedom.

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