Paul Ricoeur

By Karl Simms

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

© 2002 – Routledge

176 pages

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pub: 2002-12-05
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About the Book

Paul Ricoeur is one of the most wide-ranging thinkers to emerge in the twentieth century. He has developed a unique 'theory of reading' or hermeneutics, which extends far beyond the reading of literary works to build into a theory for the reading of 'life'. For this reason, his work has impacted not only upon literary studies, but upon such disciplines as philosophy, psychoanalysis, history, religion, legal studies and politics.

This introductory guide:

* details Ricoeur's most significant contributions to contemporary critical thought

* provides an intellectual context to his key ideas

* explores the debate around his work on good and evil, psychoanalysis, metaphor, narrative, politics and justice

* suggests the continuing relevance of Ricoeur's thought and examines the increasing interest in his work across a range of disciplines.

Karl Simms also provides a guide to further reading, which offers advice on Ricoeur's publications and relevant secondary texts. Refreshingly clear and impressively comprehensive, Paul Ricoeur is the essential guide to an essential theorist.

Table of Contents

Why Ricoeur? Key Ideas: 1. Good and Evil 2. Hermeneutics 3. Psychoanalysis 4. Metaphor 5. Narrative 6. Ethics 7. Politics and Justice After Ricoeur Further Reading Works Cited Index

About the Author/Editor

Karl Simms is Director of the English-Philosophy joint programme at the University of Liverpool and a lecturer in English Language and Literature. He is the editor of Ethics and the Subject (1997), Language and the Subject (1997) and Translating Sensitive Texts (1997).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory