Time and Narrative

ISBN-10: 0226713326

ISBN-13: 9780226713328

Edition: 1984 (Reprint)

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Description: Time and Narrativebuilds on Paul Ricoeur's earlier analysis, inThe Rule of Metaphor, of semantic innovation at the level of the sentence. Ricoeur here examines the creation of meaning at the textual level, with narrative rather than metaphor as the ruling concern. Ricoeur finds a "healthy circle" between time and narrative: time is humanized to the extent that it portrays temporal experience. Ricoeur proposes a theoretical model of this circle using Augustine's theory of time and Aristotle's theory of plot and, further, develops an original thesis of the mimetic function of narrative. He concludes with a comprehensive survey and critique of modern discussions of historical knowledge, understanding, and writing from Aron and Mandelbaum in the late 1930s to the work of the Annales school and that of Anglophone philosophers of history of the 1960s and 1970s. "This work, in my view, puts the whole problem of narrative, not to mention philosophy of history, on a new and higher plane of discussion."—Hayden White,History and Theory"Superb. . . . A fine point of entrance into the work of one of the eminent thinkers of the present intellectual age."—Joseph R. Gusfield,Contemporary Sociology

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 281
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Professor of philosophy at the University of Paris and the University of Chicago, Paul Ricoeur has been described as "possibly the only younger philosopher in Europe whose reputation is of the magnitude of that of the old men of Existentialism---Marcel, Jaspers, Heidegger and Sartre . . . ." His work has been characterized as "the most massive accomplishment of any philosopher of Christian faith since the appearance of Gabriel Marcel." A practitioner of the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl mediated by a return to Immanuel Kant---in that things in themselves, though unknowable, are not excluded by bracketing existence but are acknowledged as the necessary conditions for the possibility of human experience---Ricoeur has examined those parts of experience---faulty, fallible, and susceptible to error and evil---that other phenomenologists, interested primarily in the cognitional, have neglected. In this respect he follows in the footsteps of Heidegger and Sartre, but he goes beyond them in his discovery of principles transcending human subjectivity that are amenable to spiritual interpretation. Here Ricoeur steps within the contemporary hermeneutic circle of Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer, on whom he has written. Ricoeur's hermeneutical method, however, has much in common with the methods of biblical exegesis, and in this respect his works should be especially appealing to seminarians and the clergy.

PrefacePart I: The Circle of Narrative and Temporality1. The Aporias of the Experience of Time: Book 11 of Augustine's Confessions 2. Emplotment: A Reading of Aristotle's Poetics 3. Time and Narrative: Threefold MimesisPart II: History and Narrative4. The Eclipse of Narrative 5. Defenses of Narrative 6. Historical Intentionality Conclusions Notes Index
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