The Conflict of Interpretations: Essays in Hermeneutics

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Northwestern University Press, 1974 - Philosophy - 512 pages
This collection brings together twenty-two essays by Paul Ricoeur under the topics of structuralism, psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, and religion. In dramatic conciseness, the essays illuminate the work of one of the leading philosophers of the day. Those interested in Ricoeur's development of the philosophy of language will find rich and suggestive reading. But the diversity of essays also speaks beyond the confines of philosophy to linguists, theologians, psychologists, and psychoanalysts.


Existence and Hermeneutics translated
Structure and Hermeneutics translated by Kathleen
The Problem of Double Meaning as Hermeneutic Problem and
Structure Word Event translated by Robert Sweeney
Consciousness and the Unconscious translated
Psychoanalysis and the Movement of Contemporary Culture
A Philosophical Interpretation of Freud translated
Technique and Nontechnique in Interpretation translated
A Study in Meaning translated
The Demythization of Accusation translated
Interpretation of the Myth of Punishment translated
Preface to Bultmann translated by Peter McCormick
Freedom in the Light of Hope translated
Guilt Ethics and Religion
Religion Atheism and Faith translated
From Phantasm to Symbol translated

Art and Freudian Systematics translated
Nabert on Act and Sign translated by Peter McCormick
Heidegger and the Question of the Subject
translated by Kathleen McLaughlin

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About the author (1974)

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.