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:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Paul Ricœur

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In La Métaphore vive, Paul Ricoeur tries to show how language could extend itself to its very limits, forever discovering new resonances within itself. The term vive (living) in the title of this work is all-important, for it was Ricoeur's purpose to demonstrate that there is not just an epistemological and political imagination, but also, and perhaps more fundamentally, a linguistic imagination which generates and regenerates meaning through the living power or metaphoricity. La Métaphore vive investigated the resources of rhetoric to show how language undergoes creative mutations and transformations. Ricoeur's work on narrativity, Temps et récit, develops this inquiry into the inventive power of language. Ricoeur's chief concern in this analysis is to discover how the act of telling a story can transmute natural time into a specifically human time, irreducible to mathematical, chronological “clock time”. Ricoeur questions how narrativity can be a production or creation of meaning and also shares his views on the poetics of language and myth.

Keywords: La Métaphore vive; Paul Ricoeur; linguistic imagination; metaphoricity; narrativity; poetics; language; myth; meaning

Chapter.  11163 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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