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Paul Ricœur's Hermeneutical Project and the Question of Reference

James Fodor

in Christian Hermeneutics

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263494
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263494.003.0004
Paul Ricœur's Hermeneutical Project and the Question of Reference

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Ricœur's philosophical parentage may be traced to existentialism, a study which was very quickly assimilated to phenomenology. This chapter argues that the choice of reference as a guiding theme is not altogether capricious or arbitrary; for this motif represents one of the most persistent concerns of Ricœur's explicitly hermeneutical work. The theme of reference first emerges in full force in Ricœur's confrontation with structuralism. Poetic discourse suspends the direct descriptive uses of language, thereby making possible an alternative use of language in which the referential function is redirected and reshaped in such a way that it intends reality in a different mode and level. Ricœur's desire to rejuvenate language and restore its full power for expressing the relation between human beings and the world is displayed in his reflection on poetic discourse.

Keywords: existentialism; phenomenology; reference; hermeneutics; structuralism; poetic discourse; language

Chapter.  12187 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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