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The symbolism of evil.

Author: Paul Ricœur
Publisher: New York, Harper & Row [1967]
Series: Religious perspectives, v. 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Former Course Reserve reading
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Ricœur, Paul.
Symbolism of evil.
New York, Harper & Row [1967]
(OCoLC)588907529
Online version:
Ricœur, Paul.
Symbolism of evil.
New York, Harper & Row [1967]
(OCoLC)609161090
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Ricœur
OCLC Number: 896361
Notes: Translation of La symbolique du mal, the 2d pt. of Finitude et culpabilité, which was published as v. 2 of the author's Philosophie de la volonté.
Description: xv, 357 pages 22 cm.
Contents: Part I --
The primary symbols: defilement, sin, guilt --
Introduction: phenomenology of "confession" --
1. speculation, myth, and symbol --
2. criteriology of symbols --
3. The philosophical "re-enactment" of confession --
Chapter I. Defilement --
1. The impure --
2. Ethical terror --
3. The symbolism of stain --
4. The sublimation of dread --
Chapter II. Sin --
1. The category of "before God": the covenant --
2. The infinite demand and the finite commandment --
3. The "wrath of God" --
4. The symbolism of sin: (1) sin as "nothingness" --
5. The symbolism of sin: (2) sin as positive --
Chapter III. Guilt --
1. Birth of a new stage --
2. Guilt and penal imputation --
3. Scrupulousness --
4. The impasse of guilt --
Conclusion: recapitulation of the symbolism of evil in the concept of the servile will --
Part II --
The "myths" of the beginning and of the end --
Introduction: The symbolic function of myths --
1. From the primary symbols to myths --
2. Myth and gnosis: the symbolic function of the narration --
Toward a "typology" of myths of the beginning and the end of evil --
Chapter I. The drama of creation and the "ritual" vision of the world --
1. Primordial chaos --
2. The ritual re-enactment of the creation and the figure of the king --
3. A "recessive" form of the drama of creation: the hebrew king --
4. A "mutant" form of the drama of creation: the hellenic titan --
Chapter II. The wicked God and the "tragic" vision of existence --
1. The pre-tragic themes --
2. The crux of the tragic --
3. Deliverance from the tragic or deliverance within the tragic? --
Chapter III. The "adamic" myth and the "eschatological" vision of history --
1. The penitential motivation of the "adamic" myth --
2. The structure of the myth: the "instant" of the fall --
3. The "lapse of time" of the drama of temptation --
4. Justification and eschatological --
Chapter IV. The myth of the exiled soul and salvation through knowledge --
1. The archaic myth: "soul" and "body" --
2. The final myth --
3. Salvation and knowledge --
Chapter V. The cycle of the myths --
1. From the statics to the dynamics of the myth --
2. The reaffirmation of the tragic --
3. The appropriation of the myth of chaos --
4. The struggle between the adamic myth and the myth of exile --
Conclusion: the symbol gives rise to thought.
Series Title: Religious perspectives, v. 17.
Other Titles: Symbolique de mal.
Responsibility: Translated from the French by Emerson Buchanan.

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