Oneself as Another

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University of Chicago Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Philosophy - 363 pages
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Paul Ricoeur has been hailed as one of the most important thinkers of the century. Oneself as Another, the clearest account of his "philosophical ethics," substantiates this position and lays the groundwork for a metaphysics of morals.

Focusing on the concept of personal identity, Ricoeur develops a hermeneutics of the self that charts its epistemological path and ontological status.
  

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For the theologian Ricoeur's work presents both a tough challenge and an indispensable source of inspiration. On the first assertion one can say, that Ricoeur's work belongs to the most astute ... Read full review

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the title makes me smile...a very slow read, 15 pages an hour is a good pace. Read full review

Contents

The Question of Selfhood
1
Person and Identifying Reference A Semantic Approach
27
Utterance and the Speaking Subject A Pragmatic Approach
40
An Agentless Semantics of Action
56
From Action to the Agent
88
Personal Identity and Narrative Identity
113
The Self and Narrative Identity
140
The Self and the Ethical Aim
169
The Self and the Moral Norm
203
The Self and Practical Wisdom Conviction
240
What Ontology in View?
297
INDEX
357
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About the author (1995)

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.

Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) was the John Nuveen Professor in the Divinity School, the Department of Philosophy, and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His books include "Oneself as Another," the three-volume "Time and Narrative," and "The Just," all published by the University of Chicago Press. Kathleen Blamey teaches philosophy at California State University, East Bay and has taught at the American University in Paris. David Pellauer is professor of philosophy at DePaul University.

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