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Paul Ricœur

Richard Kearney

in Debates in Continental Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223176
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823223176.003.0003

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Paul Ricœur

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If sorrow is neither absent nor resolved in one's journey through personal narratives, it goes no differently in national narratives: those founding Roman myths, those humiliating representations of the Irish by the British until recently, those relating to the distorted relationships of the Americans with others, the border crossings that prove to be the source of an alienation that makes neighbors into strangers. As an addition to this ensemble that stories generated in some way or other by the innumerable figures of sorrow, Paul Ricoeur proposes a reflection on the capacity “to bear”—to endure—that is generated by narrative. The basic argument is that life itself is in search of narrative “because it strives to discover a pattern to cope with the experience of chaos and confusion”.

Keywords: personal narratives; national narratives; sorrow; Paul Ricoeur; chaos; confusion

Chapter.  8874 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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