Freedom and Nature The Voluntary and the Involuntary

ISBN-10: 0810123983
ISBN-13: 9780810123984
Edition: 2007
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Incredible originality of thought in areas as vast as phenomenology, religion, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, intersubjectivity, language, Marxism, and structuralism has made Paul Ricoeur one of the philosophical giants of the twentieth century. The way in which Ricoeur approaches these themes makes his works relevant to the reader today: he writes with honesty and depth of insight into the core of a problem, and his ability to mark for future thought the very path of philosophical inquiry is nearly unmatched. Freedom and Nature, the first part of Ricoeur's Philosophy of the Will, is an eidetics, carried out within carefully imposed phenomenological brackets. It seeks to deal with the essential structure of man's being-in-the-world, and so it suspends the distorting dimensions of existence, the bondage of passion, and the vision of innocence to which Ricoeur returns in his later writings. The result is a conception of man as an incarnate Cogito, which can make the polar unity of subject and object intelligible and provide a basic continuity for the various aspects of inquiry into man's being-in-the-world. This volume and the other new editions of Ricoeur's texts published by Northwestern University Press have joined the canon of contemporary continental philosophy and continue to contribute to emergent discussions in the twenty-first century. Book jacket.

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.

Born in Visalia, California, the son of a salesman, Carroll Pursell currently ranks among the foremost American historians of science and technology. His research and writing has focused on the role of science and technology in shaping national policy in the United States. Pursell was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a B.A. in 1956 and a Ph.D. in 1961, and at the University of Delaware, where he earned a Master's degree in history in 1958. From 1963 to 1965, he taught history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Then he was appointed professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, remaining there for more than 20 years. In 1988 he returned to Case Western Reserve University, where he is currently the Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History. Pursell has received widespread recognition for his contributions to the history of science and for the quality of his scholarly research. Appointed Visting Research Scholar at the Smithsonian Institution in 1970, he has also served as Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Lehigh University (1974--76) and Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin (1977). A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pursell has also served as president of the Society of History and Technology (1990--92). In 1991 he was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci medal for his contributions in his field.

Foreword to the New Edition
Translator's Introduction: The Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur
General Introduction: Question of Method
Descriptive Method and Its Limits
Abstraction of the Fault
Abstraction of Transcendence
Decision: Choice and Its Motives
Pure Description of "Deciding"
Intentionality of Decision: The Project
The Imputation of Myself: "Se Decider"-Making up My Mind
Motivation of Willing
Motivation and the Corporeal Involuntary
Need and Pleasure
Motives and Values on the Organic Level
Body and the Total Field of Motivation
History of Decision: From Hesitation to Choice
Hesitation
The Process of Attention
Choice
Determination and Indetermination
Voluntary Motion and Human Capabilities
Pure Description of Acting and Moving
Intentionality of Acting and Moving
Moving and Dualism
Bodily Spontaneity
Preformed Skills
Emotion
Habit
Moving and Effort
Effort, Emotion, and Habit
Effort and "Motor Intention"
Being Able and Willing
Limits of a Philosophy of Effort: Effort and Knowledge
Consenting: Consent and Necessity
The Problems of Consent
The Third Cycle of the Involuntary
Consent: Pure Description
Experienced Necessity
Character
The Unconscious
Life: Structure
Life: Growth and Genesis
Life: Birth
The Way of Consent
Necessity as Non-Being and the Refusal
From Refusal to Consent
Conclusion: An Only Human Freedom
Bibliography
Index

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