Critique and Conviction: Conversations with Francois Azouvi and Marc de Launay
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.