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Paul Ricœur: Justice

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637591.003.0005
Paul Ricœur: Justice

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In exploring the self in Ricœur, chapter 3 raised the question of coherence: how do the various discourses around the hermeneutics relate to each other? This question of the commensurability of discourses is taken up in chapter four, in relation to the question of justice. Ricœur's readings of John Rawls, Michael Walzer, Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thevenot trace a path between recuperation and dissemination that, once more, position his phenomenological hermeneutics obliquely with relation Derrida's critiques. Ricœur's and Derrida's respective engagements in the 1990s with the theme of justice are compared in four moments: justice and space, justice and commitment, justice and fragmentation and justice and love. In conclusion, the chapter argues that Ricœur comes the closest yet to splitting the horns of the dilemma of phenomenological regress and deconstructive incommensurability.

Keywords: Justice; Love; Ricœur; Derrida; Law

Chapter.  13453 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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