Ricoeur on Time and Narrative: An Introduction to Temps et récit

Ricoeur on Time and Narrative: An Introduction to Temps et récit

William C. Dowling


“The item of this book,” writes William C. Dowling in his preface, “is to make the major suggestions of Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative on hand to readers who may need felt bewildered via the twists and turns of its argument.” The resources of puzzlement are, he notes, many. For a few, it really is Ricoeur’s famously oblique type of presentation, within which the polarities of argument and exegesis appear so frequently and so without notice to have reversed themselves. For others, it's the impressive highbrow diversity of Ricoeur’s argument, drawing on traditions as far away from one another as Heideggerian existentialism, French structuralism, and Anglo-American analytic philosophy. but underneath the labyrinthian floor of Ricoeur’s Temps et récit, Dowling unearths a unmarried prolonged argument that, although constructed unsystematically, is intended to be understood in systematic terms.

Ricoeur on Time and Narrative presents that argument in transparent and concise phrases, in a fashion that may be enlightening either to readers new to Ricoeur and people who could have felt themselves adrift within the complexities of Temps et récit, Ricoeur’s final significant philosophical paintings. Dowling divides his dialogue into six chapters, all heavily concerned with particular arguments in Temps et récit: on mimesis, time, narrativity, semantics of motion, poetics of historical past, and poetics of fiction. also, Dowling offers a preface that lays out the French highbrow context of Ricoeur's philosophical strategy. An appendix offers his English translation of a private interview within which Ricoeur, having accomplished Time and Narrative, looks again over his lengthy occupation as an the world over popular thinker. Ricoeur on Time and Narrative communicates to readers the highbrow pleasure of following Ricoeur’s dismantling of validated theories and arguments—Aristotle and Augustine and Husserl on time, Frye and Greimas on narrative constitution, Arthur Danto and Louis O. Mink at the nature of ancient explanation—while coming to determine how, below the strain of Ricoeur’s research, those principles are reconstituted and published in a brand new set of kinfolk to 1 another.

"The scholarship in William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is impeccable; Dowling understands Ricoeur inside of out. He highlights Ricoeur's most crucial arguments, offers them in a limpid, concise language, and hyperlinks them to the appropriate 19th- and twentieth-century philosophical advancements. Dowling's e-book offers us with a lucid, intelligible model of Ricoeur's significant paintings, one who should be of substantial importance to philosophers, historians, and literary theorists." —Thomas Pavel, Gordon J. Laing exclusive provider Professor of French Literature, and the Committee on Social proposal, collage of Chicago

"William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is a refined and remarkably well-sustained piece of labor. It presents a close creation to an incredible paintings of philosophy and narrative theory—already a substantial success, given the trouble of Ricoeur's textual content. in spite of the fact that, Dowling additionally exhibits us, occasionally explicitly, occasionally easily throughout the approach he conducts his argument, why we should always hassle with Ricoeur—what we need to achieve from figuring out him greater than we do, even if good we might imagine we all know him." —Michael wooden, Charles Barnwell Straut classification of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Princeton University 

Show sample text content

Download sample