Critique and Conviction: Conversations with Francois Azouvi and Marc de Launay
DescriptionIn this new book Paul Ricoeur - one of the greatest contemporary philosophers - offers a personal reflection on his life and on the themes which have preoccupied him over the course of his career.
Ranging across topics in ethics and metaphysics, psychoanalysis and hermeneutics, history, politics and religion, Critique and Conviction provides unique insight into the ideas and sources of influence which have shaped Ricoeur's philosophical approach and defined his core concerns. Ricoeur also discusses in detail a number of topics about which he has not written extensively before, including questions of aesthetics and current affairs.
This remarkable testimony by one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century will be of great interest to students of philosophy, theology, literary theory and social and political theory.
1. From Valence to Nanterre.
2. France/United States: Two incomparable histories.
3. From psychoanalysis to the question of the self, or thirty years of philosophical work.
4. Politics and totalitarianism.
5. Duty of memory, duty of justice.
6. Education and secularism.
7. Biblical readings and meditations.
8. Aesthetic experience.
'Critique and Conviction is a strange genre - an autobiography unfolded in a series of thematically organized conversations. It succeeds brilliantly. The life recounted in these pages - with Ricoeur's breadth of philosophical, theological and political concerns, the positive ecumenical spirit with which he approaches every thinker who engages him, and the openness and directness of the conversational form - make these reflections an inspiration for the aspiring philosopher, and for the seasoned academic, a reminder of what a fully engaged intellectual life looks like. Ricoeur is unsurpassed in bridging the Anglo-American / Continental divide over a vast range of topics: psychoanalysis and the self, time, politics, justice, memory, responsibility, secularism, theology and aesthetic experience. As both a philosopher and a religious thinker, Ricoeur has always, as he says, walked on two legs. As he moves off the world stage on tiptoe, this book gives more than a glimpse of his exemplary achievement in marrying conviction and critique.' Professor David Wood, Department of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
'It is one of the best introductions to Paul Ricoeur's work in its range, its coherence, its openness and its wise humanity.' Times Literary Supplement
* This volume of extended interviews is a coherent test which covers the whole range of his career and work, from an autobiographical reflection on his life to a thematic reflection on his central intellectual concerns.
* The book is very accessible and enjoyable to read. It forms an excellent introduction to Ricoeur's work and should be widely reviewed.