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From Text to Action Essays in Hermeneutics, II

ISBN-10: 0810123991
ISBN-13: 9780810123991
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 9/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
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.

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.

Foreword to the New Edition
Acknowledgments
Translator's Note
Preface
On Interpretation
For a Hermeneutical Phenomenology
Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
The Task of Hermeneutics
The Hermeneutical Function of Distanciation
Philosophical Hermeneutics and Biblical Hermeneutics
From the Hermeneutics of Texts to the Hermeneutics of Action
What Is a Text?
Explanation and Understanding
The Model of the Text: Meaningful Action Considered as a Text
Imagination in Discourse and in Action
Practical Reason
Initiative
Ideology, Utopia, and Politics
Hegel and Husserl on Intersubjectivity
Science and Ideology
Hermeneutics and the Critique of Ideology
Ideology and Utopia
Ethics and Politics
Notes

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