A Hermeneutics of ‘I Am’

in Emotions and Personhood

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660575
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191754784 | DOI:

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)

A Hermeneutics of ‘I Am’

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This chapter is dedicated to a systematic reformulation of some central aspects of Ricoeur’s theory of subjectivity. It starts with an analysis of Ricoeur’s understanding of affective experience and its relation to human values. This affective generation of values makes Ricoeur argue for a non-coincident and conflictual conception of human selfhood. Human self-awareness, a self’s intrinsic sense of self, is always troubled by conflictual feelings and desires. This conception of troubled selfhood is, we argue, a significant reason for Ricoeur’s shift from his early, more strictly phenomenological approach to his particular version of a hermeneutical phenomenology. We conclude the chapter with the argument that this hermeneutical turn is the result of Ricoeur’s life-long interest in the emotional dimension of experience and the ontological questions that emotional experience entails.

Chapter.  10411 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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