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Time and Narrative (Vol 1)

Time and Narrative (Vol 1) by Paul Ricoeur

Paul Ricoeur

The concept of horizon and world does not just concern descriptive references but also non-descriptive references, those of the poetic dimension. To take up once again one of my earlier statements, I will say for me, the world is the whole set of references opened up by every sort of descriptive or poetic text I have read, interpreted and loved. To understand these texts is to interpolate among the predicates of our situation all those meanings that, from a simple environment (Umwelt), make a world (Welt). Indeed, we owe a large part of the enlarging of our horizon of existence to poetic works.

About the Author

Paul Ricoeur and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion.
Ricoeur and the hermeneutics of reality.
A Biographical Sketch.


Ricoeur may be considered part of the hermeneutic tradition and a post-Heideggarian. His work, Freud and Philosophy raised the wrath of Lacan's circle, who found their territory being invaded too closely.