Journal Article

The Economy of the Gift: Paul Ricoeur's Poetic Redescription of Reality

W. David Hall

in Literature and Theology

Volume 20, issue 2, pages 189-204
Published in print June 2006 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 2006 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frl015
The Economy of the Gift: Paul Ricoeur's Poetic Redescription of Reality

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This essay takes Paul Ricoeur's use of the phrase “economy of the gift” as an opportunity to explore the relationship between theology, ethics, and poetic redescription. A primay focus is Ricoeur's juxtaposition of the golden rule and the love command, the manner in which these two are poetically related by biblical discourse, and what this means for theological ethics. This focus offers the opportunity to explore some of the more radical implications of Ricoeur's claims about the poetic, redescriptive function of religious discourse, implications that were not adequately addressed by Ricoeur himself.

Journal Article.  7347 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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