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Ricoeur's Critical Theory (SUNY Series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences) Paperback – 27 Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (27 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079145696X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791456965
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Kaplan (humanities, Polytechnic U.) outlines the critical theory of philosopher Paul Ricoeur. He first explores the hermeneutic dimension as it developed through Ricoeur's writings of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Next, Ricoeur's theory of metaphor and narrative as applied towards the interpretation of action is discussed. His anthropology and ethics is

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There's still, I feel, much room for both introductory as well as critical studies on Ricoeur's 'ouvre' (although there have been some acceptable studies already from the late 80's). Most of those studies either (dis)cover Ricoeur's ouvre as a big story in temporal-biographical development, or they concentrate on an individual theme or characteristics of Ricoeur's theory. What seems to be highly typical in those studies is the constant need to use definite descriptions a' la 'it is hermeneutics', 'that makes him a phenomenologist', 'not a structuralist' etc. What is missing is the development of ideas in argumentation or dialogical comparison/discussion. That we get from Kaplan's almost massive study. Because of that, we get also views on those knots, sciasmas and aporias wich characterise Ricoeur's way of doing philosophy in a constant dialogue with philosophies wich seem at first be very unspoken in ricoeurean language. Kaplan's is highly recommendable, as is the choice to read it together with Simms' superb 'Ricoeur and Lacan'.
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