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History and Truth
In this volume, Paul Ricoeur investigates the antinomy between history and truth, or between historicity and meaning. He argues that history has meaning insofar as it approaches universality and system, but has no meaning insofar as this universality violates the singularity of individuals' lives. Imposing unity upon truth, or unifying the diversity of knowledge and opinio ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by Northwestern University Press
(first published 1955)
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Reading Ricœur, like reading Merleau-Ponty (his frequent interlocutor), is a frustrating experience. I usually find myself in agreement with the ideas (or at least I think I do), but this is combined with an intense irritation with what often seems obscurantist prose. The difficulty is probably in part my own making. I don't have the requisite education. Whenever I read any work of twentieth-century continental philosophy, I am painfully aware that I simply do not have the knowledge of earlier E ...more
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 ( ...moreMore about Paul Ricœur...