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Recognizing Ricoeur: In Memoriam

Recognizing Ricoeur: In Memoriam © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156916407X185638 Research in Phenomenology 37 (2007) 175–194 Recognizing Ricoeur: In Memoriam Patrick L. Bourgeois Loyola University New Orleans Abstract My aim in this memorial paper is to recall two essential Ricoeurean themes that underlie his entire philosophical orientation and that respond well to specific challenges today from post- modern deconstruction. At question is whether Ricoeur’s account of sign in language and the living present in time can adequately respond to and meet the recent challenge from postmodern deconstruction, which radically challenges the very root of his phenomenological and herme- neutic orientation: the priority of the semantic in language and the priority of the living present. Although Ricoeur and Derrida will be seen to address the same problems of decentering con- sciousness, their accounts, although agreeing on important issues, quickly become mutually exclusive and deconstruction becomes a challenge to Ricoeurean hermeneutics. I will turn first to the postmodern deconstruction of Jacques Derrida before turning to Ricoeur’s response with a more viable view of language, sense, and lived time. Keywords Ricoeur, hermeneutics, lived time, deconstruction, originary One day some decades ago, while waiting in the Atlanta airport for a flight to Lynchburg, Virginia, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Recognizing Ricoeur: In Memoriam

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 37 (2): 175 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916407X185638
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156916407X185638 Research in Phenomenology 37 (2007) 175–194 Recognizing Ricoeur: In Memoriam Patrick L. Bourgeois Loyola University New Orleans Abstract My aim in this memorial paper is to recall two essential Ricoeurean themes that underlie his entire philosophical orientation and that respond well to specific challenges today from post- modern deconstruction. At question is whether Ricoeur’s account of sign in language and the living present in time can adequately respond to and meet the recent challenge from postmodern deconstruction, which radically challenges the very root of his phenomenological and herme- neutic orientation: the priority of the semantic in language and the priority of the living present. Although Ricoeur and Derrida will be seen to address the same problems of decentering con- sciousness, their accounts, although agreeing on important issues, quickly become mutually exclusive and deconstruction becomes a challenge to Ricoeurean hermeneutics. I will turn first to the postmodern deconstruction of Jacques Derrida before turning to Ricoeur’s response with a more viable view of language, sense, and lived time. Keywords Ricoeur, hermeneutics, lived time, deconstruction, originary One day some decades ago, while waiting in the Atlanta airport for a flight to Lynchburg, Virginia,

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: Ricoeur; lived time; hermeneutics; deconstruction; originary

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