Ricoeur, Paul (1913–2005)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DD058-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Paul Ricoeur is one of the leading French philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century. Along with the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, Ricoeur is one of the main contemporary exponents of philosophical hermeneutics: that is, of a philosophical orientation which places particular emphasis on the nature and role of interpretation. While his early work was strongly influenced by Husserl’s phenomenology, he became increasingly concerned with problems of interpretation and developed – partly through detailed inquiries into psychoanalysis and structuralism – a distinctive hermeneutical theory. In his later writings Ricoeur explores the nature of metaphor and narrative, which are viewed as ways of creating new meaning in language.

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    Thompson, John B.. Ricoeur, Paul (1913–2005), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD058-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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