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Redescription and Refiguration of Reality in Ricoeur

Redescription and Refiguration of Reality in Ricoeur © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156916407X185629 Redescription and Refiguration of Reality in Ricoeur László Tengelyi Bergische Universität Wuppertal Abstract Truth is attributed by hermeneutical phenomenology not only to science but also to art and literature. According to Ricoeur, its veritable bearer is the expression of experience that can take artistic and literary forms as well as scientific ones. However, truth in this sense cannot be defined as a correspondence with a ready-made reality, nor can it be reduced to any internal coherence in our knowledge of the world. What is, then, its precise meaning in this context? Th e two terms mentioned in the title—‘redescription’ and ‘refiguration’ of reality—indicate the two answers Ricoeur gives to this question. Th e similarities and the differences between these two answers are submitted to an inquiry in the following paper, which, relying upon Ricoeur, adumbrates the outlines of a phenomenological and hermeneutical approach to truth. Keywords phenomenology, hermeneutics, theory of truth, metaphor, narrative ῎Εστιν . . . τῆς . . . πράξεως ὁ μῦθος ἡ μίμησις . 1 (Th e plot [of a tale or a fable] is the imitation of action.) Ricoeur devotes lengthy meditations to this sentence from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Redescription and Refiguration of Reality in Ricoeur

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 37 (2): 160 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156916407X185629 Redescription and Refiguration of Reality in Ricoeur László Tengelyi Bergische Universität Wuppertal Abstract Truth is attributed by hermeneutical phenomenology not only to science but also to art and literature. According to Ricoeur, its veritable bearer is the expression of experience that can take artistic and literary forms as well as scientific ones. However, truth in this sense cannot be defined as a correspondence with a ready-made reality, nor can it be reduced to any internal coherence in our knowledge of the world. What is, then, its precise meaning in this context? Th e two terms mentioned in the title—‘redescription’ and ‘refiguration’ of reality—indicate the two answers Ricoeur gives to this question. Th e similarities and the differences between these two answers are submitted to an inquiry in the following paper, which, relying upon Ricoeur, adumbrates the outlines of a phenomenological and hermeneutical approach to truth. Keywords phenomenology, hermeneutics, theory of truth, metaphor, narrative ῎Εστιν . . . τῆς . . . πράξεως ὁ μῦθος ἡ μίμησις . 1 (Th e plot [of a tale or a fable] is the imitation of action.) Ricoeur devotes lengthy meditations to this sentence from

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: narrative; theory of truth; phenomenology; metaphor; hermeneutics

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