Paul ricoeur oneself as another
Oneself as Another by Paul Ric?urPaul 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.
Forgot password? Don't have an account? In his hermeneutics of the self, Ricoeur executes a series of detours to the self through several accounts of selfhood. Yet he refuses to grant the last word to any one of these accounts alone but puts them all into play at once in a journey led by the question of who: Who speaks? Who acts and who suffers? Who tells her story?
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Jump to navigation. According to Ricoeur, selfhood, far from referring to something concrete, discrete and fully understood, implies otherness to an unacknowledged degree. Unlike the cogito, which functions as a statement of knowledge, the hermeneutics of the self can only lead to an attestation of truth. However, Ricoeur claims that such an attestation of belief is not inferior to knowledge, but merely expresses a different type of certainty. The attesting of belief is a form of testimony, whereby the individual self, a verbal sign and assurance that the self believes in the truth of what it claims. From this defense of attestation Ricoeur moves on to discuss the dialectic relationship between selfhood and sameness.
Paul Ricoeur — was a distinguished French philosopher of the twentieth century, one whose work has been widely translated and discussed across the world. In addition to his academic work, his public presence as a social and political commentator, particularly in France, led to a square in Paris being named in his honor on the centenary of his birth in In the course of his long career he wrote on a broad range of issues. In addition to his many books, Ricoeur published more than essays, many of which appear in collections in English. In it he seeks to give an account of the fundamental capabilities and vulnerabilities that human beings display in the activities that make up their lives, and to show how these capabilities enable responsible human action and life together. Though the accent is always on the possibility of understanding human beings as agents responsible for their actions, Ricoeur consistently rejects any claim that the self is immediately transparent to itself or fully master of itself. Self-knowledge only comes through our understanding of our relation to the world and of our life with and among others in time in the world.