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The Primary Symbols: Defilement, Sin, Guilt
Phenomenology of Confession
Recapitulation of the Symbolism of Evil in the Concept of the
Servile Will
The Symbolic Function of Myths
The Drama of Creation & the Ritual Vision of the World
The Wicked God & the Tragic Vision of Existence
The Adamic Myth & the Eschatological Vision of History
The Cycle of the
Paperback, 362 pages
Published November 12th 1986 by Beacon Press (Boston) (first published 1960)
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Erik Graff
Nov 17, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Ricoeur
Recommended to Erik by: Walter Wink
Shelves: philosophy
My stepbrother handed me a paper entitled "The Myth of Redemptive Violence" by Walter Wink yesterday. Reading it reminded me of his assignment of Ricoeur's The Symbolism of Evil during my first class with him during the first semester at Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan. Wink is a very clear and compelling writer. Ricoeur, in translation at least, is not.
Sep 26, 2007 Carl marked it as to-read
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I want to get to this one day. I've previously read an article by Ricoeur on the subject of evil which I liked (and just bought a hard copy version of it-- though you can find it on JSTOR I believe, under the title of Evil: A Challenge to Philosophy and Theology, if you have access to JSTOR)
A really intersting scholarly discussion of the way that evil exists in contemporary western culture that begins with pre-biblical texts. Kind of dense, but really fascinating.
I would like to read this book again. Ricoeur is just too deep and profound.I would like to read Ricoeur seriously at some other time.
Michael Mayor
Seminal work on language, metaphor, and symbol. Essential to my development as a theological thinker and preacher.
Dense, but fascinating for its content and for Ricoeur's (early) method of reading Scripture.
hermeutics/phenomenologistics are hard. intriguing in many places, however.
If I remember correctly this book gets medieval on your ass.
i am rereading it
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Paul Ricoeur (1913–2005) is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished philosophers of the twentieth century. In the course of his long career he wrote on a broad range of issues. His books include a multi-volume project on the philosophy of the will: Freedom and Nature: The Voluntary and the Involuntary (1950, Eng. tr. 1966), Fallible Man (1960, Eng. tr. 1967), and The Symbolism of Evil ( ...more
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