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Oneself as Another or Another as Oneself?

Henry Venema

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 4, pages 410-426
Published in print December 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/16.4.410
Oneself as Another or Another as Oneself?

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Paul Ricoeur's book Oneself as Another, represents a major achievement in the development of a philosophy of selfhood. By dialectically linking the self to otherness, others, and the Other, Ricoeur makes a substantial move beyond Modern philosophical theories of identity and selfhood. However, contrary to Ricoeur's own intentions, his unique formulation of selfhood defined in terms of the power‐to‐do, or conatus, ultimately inscribes the other within the circle of the self‐same, and thereby fails to let the other be other.

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