By William C. Dowling

“The item of this book,” writes William C. Dowling in his preface, “is to make the most important recommendations of Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative to be had to readers who may need felt bewildered through the twists and turns of its argument.” The resources of puzzlement are, he notes, many. For a few, it truly is Ricoeur’s famously oblique form of presentation, within which the polarities of argument and exegesis look so usually and so all at once to have reversed themselves. For others, it's the notable highbrow diversity of Ricoeur’s argument, drawing on traditions as far-off 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 finds a unmarried prolonged argument that, although constructed unsystematically, is intended to be understood in systematic phrases. Ricoeur on Time and Narrative offers that argument in transparent and concise phrases, in a manner that might be enlightening either to readers new to Ricoeur and those that 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 presents 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, appears again over his lengthy profession as an across the world popular thinker. Ricoeur on Time and Narrative communicates to readers the highbrow pleasure of following Ricoeur’s dismantling of demonstrated 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 historic explanation—while coming to determine how, less than the strain of Ricoeur’s research, those principles are reconstituted and printed in a brand new set of kin to at least one another.

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