Ricoeur as Another

The Ethics of Subjectivity

Edited by Richard A. Cohen & James L. Marsh

Subjects: Hermeneutics
Series: SUNY series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Paperback : 9780791451908, 256 pages, January 2002
Hardcover : 9780791451892, 256 pages, January 2002

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Table of contents

Introduction by James L. Marsh


Part One. Ricoeur in Himself

1. Personal Identity
Charles E. Reagan

2. The Doubleness of Subjectivity: Regenerating the Phenomenology of Intentionality
Lenore Langsdorf

3. Rethinking Subjectivity: Narrative Identity and the Self
David Rasmussen

4. Can There Be a Science of Action?
John van den Hengel

5. Literary and Science Fictions: Philosophers and Technomyths
Don Ihde

Part Two. Ricoeur in Relation to Others

6. Ricoeur and Levinas: Solicitude in Reciprocity and Solitude in Existence
Patrick L. Bourgeois

7. Moral Selfhood: A Levinasian Response to Ricoeur on Levinas
Richard A. Cohen

8. Between Conviction and Critique: Reflexive Philosophy, Testimony, and Pneumatology
Eric Crump

9. At the Limit of Practical Wisdom: Moral Blindness
David Pellauer

10. Response to Rawls
Bernard P. Dauenhauer

11. The Right and the Good: A Solution to the Communicative Ethics Controversy
James L. Marsh

About the Contributors


Leading scholars address Paul Ricoeur's last major work, Oneself as Another.


This collection of essays by internationally known Paul Ricoeur experts explores the noted philosopher's book, Oneself as Another. Ricoeur's book represents the completion of a decades-long inquiry into the self as he links his earlier studies of symbolism, hermeneutics, phenomenology, the philosophy of language, action theory, and theory of narrative to his most recent concern for ethics and the social constitution of ethical subjectivity.

Cohen and Marsh's volume is divided into two parts, the first primarily involving Ricoeur's thought itself, and the second involving the relation of his thought to that of others, such as Levinas, Rawls, Habermas, Apel, Taylor, and MacIntyre. The contributors also offer detailed examinations of Ricoeur's ethical theory and its ontological implications.

Richard A. Cohen is the Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the author of Ethics, Exegesis and Philosophy: Interpretation after Levinas. James L. Marsh is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University and the author of Process, Praxis, and Transcendence, also published by SUNY Press.


"…for Ricoeur scholars and anyone with an interest in understanding the vector of his later work, this collection should prove to be a valuable resource." — Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology

"Ricoeur's Oneself as Another is a tremendously important work that has received far too little attention in the secondary literature. Here, some of the most important voices in continental philosophy in America address a variety of the questions he raises: subjectivity, intentionality, personal identity, philosophy of action, narrative, alterity, theology, evil, political liberalism, and discourse ethics. Each essay situates Ricoeur's thought within broader philosophical debates." — David M. Kaplan, Polytechnic University

"This is quite simply one of the best volumes on the subject." — Joseph Bien, author of History, Revolution, and Human Nature: Marx's Philosophical Anthropology

"This book represents 'cutting edge' Ricoeur scholarship. An anthology like this should set the standard for the future discussion of Ricoeur's contribution to the philosophical literature of our time." — Brice Wachterhauser, author of Beyond Being: Gadamer's Post-Platonic Hermeneutic Ontology