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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best about Ricoeur, 22 Jan 2008
This review is from: Ricoeur's Critical Theory (SUNY Series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences) (Paperback)
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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