Paul Ricœur: Selfhood

Christopher Watkin

in Phenomenology or Deconstruction?

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637591
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671847 | DOI:
Paul Ricœur: Selfhood

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Chapter 3 is devoted to exploring the phenomenology of selfhood, a theme raised in the debate between Merleau-Ponty and Derrida in chapter 2. Turning to Ricœur's work on selfhood, notably in Oneself as Another, this chapter shows how, for Ricœur, the relation between life and narrative must be neither collapsed nor dichotomised. While Ricœur's thought is shown to be sensitive to deconstructive concerns in its appeal to a ‘polysemy of being’ and the self as attested not posited, he still retains a certain resistance to deconstructive questioning. Ricœur's debt to Merleau-Ponty is signalled, as well as his hermeneutical departure from the latter's existential phenomenology. Throughout, the chapter continues to elaborate an ontology that does not require the fullness of presence of which Derrida is suspicious.

Keywords: Self; Ricœur; Derrida; Hermeneutics; Commitment; Attestation; Narrative identity

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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