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|Named Person:||Paul Ricœur; Paul Ricœur|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Paul Ricœur; François Azouvi; Marc B De Launay
|Description:||194 pages ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||1. From Valence to Nanterre --
2. France/United States: Two Incomparable Histories --
3. From Psychoanalysis to the Question of the Self, or Thirty Years of Philosophical Work --
4. Politics and Totalitarianism --
5. Duty of Memory, Duty of Justice --
6. Education and Secularism --
7. Biblical Readings and Meditations --
8. Aesthetic Experience.
|Series Title:||European perspectives.|
|Other Titles:||Critique et la conviction.|
|Responsibility:||Paul Ricœur ; translated by Kathleen Blamey.|
In the first of eight conversations, Ricoeur traces the trajectory of his life, recounting the origins of his convictions and the development of his intellect during the tragic events of the twentieth century. Declaring himself the "son of a victim of the First World War," Ricoeur, an orphan, sketches his early years in the house of stern but loving grandparents, and the molding of his intellect under the tutelage of Roland Dalbiez, Gabriel Marcel, and Andre Philip. Ricoeur tells the intriguing story of his capture and five-year imprisonment by the Germans during World War II, when he and his compatriots fashioned an intellectual life complete with a library and lectures, and when he, amazingly, was able to continue his dissertation research.
Interweaving anecdotes with philosophical meditations, Ricoeur recounts his relationships with some of the greatest figures of the twentieth century including Heidegger, Jaspers, and Eliade. He also shares his views on French philosophers and explains his tumultuous relationship with Jacques Lacan. And while expressing his deepest respect for the works of Claude Levi-Strauss and Michael Foucault, Ricoeur reserves his greatest admiration for the narratologist Algiridas Julien Greimas.
Ricoeur also explores the relationship between the philosophical and religious domains, attempting to reconcile the two poles in his thought. Readers who have struggled with Ricoeur's work will appreciate these illuminating discussions that provide an invaluable key to his writings on language and narrative, especially those on metaphor and time. Critique and Conviction is an essential book for anyone interested in philosophy and literacy criticism.