Narrative, Temporality, and the Productive Imagination

James Fodor

in Christian Hermeneutics

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263494
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682575 | DOI:
Narrative, Temporality, and the Productive Imagination

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This chapter aims to trace the extension of Ricœur's understanding of productive imagination from the metaphorical process into the realm of narrative. Ricœur has successfully mapped onto his threefold mimetic structure of emplotment (prerefiguration, configuration, and refiguration) a parallel structure of temporal organization, following Heidegger, of ‘within-timeness’ historicality, and care. His reflections on the metaphorical, temporal, and narrative dimensions of human experience have significant positive implications for Christian theological reflection. Discussions in this chapter include: narrative and the role of productive imagination; reading and referential fulfilment; interposing the social imagination; narrative and the human experience of temporality; the aporetic experience of time by Augustine and Heidegger; narrative and the paradoxes of care; and a critical engagement from metaphorical reference to narrative refiguration.

Keywords: productive imagination; narrative; emplotment; Heidegger; theological reflection; temporality; time; Augustine; care; refiguration

Chapter.  18340 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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