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Paul Ricoeur
February 27, 1913 - May 20, 2005
Nationality: French
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: French Philosopher

First, it is not unimportant that the legislative texts of the Old Testament are placed in the mouth of Moses and within the narrative framework of the sojourn at Sinai.


So long as the New Testament served to decipher the Old, it was taken as an absolute norm.


Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement, in the dialectic between order and disorder.


Ordinary language carries with it conditions of meaning which it is easy to recognize by classifying the contexts in which the expression is employed in a meaningful manner.


Testimony should be a philosophical problem and not limited to legal or historical contexts where it refers to the account of a witness who reports what he has seen.


Although there has always been a hermeneutic problem in Christianity, the hermeneutic question today seems to us a new one.


Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.


The moral law commands us to make the highest possible good in a world the final object of all our conduct.


The logic of validation allows us to move between the two limits of dogmatism and skepticism.


If the Resurrection is resurrection from the dead, all hope and freedom are in spite of death.


There has always been a hermeneutic problem in Christianity because Christianity proceeds from a proclamation.


Testimony gives something to be interpreted.


For my own part, I abandon the ethics of duty to the Hegelian critique with no regrets; it would appear to me, indeed, to have been correctly characterized by Hegel as an abstract thought, as a thought of understanding.


The narrative constructs the identity of the character, what can be called his or her narrative identity, in constructing that of the story told. It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character.


Man is this plural and collective unity in which the unity of destination and the differences of destinies are to be understood through each other.


But myth is something else than an explanation of the world, of history, and of destiny.


There is no shorter path for joining a neutral existential anthropology, according to philosophy, with the existential decision before God, according to the Bible.


What must be the nature of the world... if human beings are able to introduce changes into it?


If it is true that there is always more than one way of construing a text, it is not true that all interpretations are equal.


This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job, the best example of wisdom.


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