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Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences: Essays on Language, Action and Interpretation [Hardcover]

Paul Ricoeur , John B. Thompson
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August 31, 1981 0521234972 978-0521234979 1
This is a collection in translation of essays by Paul Ricoeur which presents a comprehensive view of his philosophical hermeneutics, its relation to the views of his predecessors in the tradition and its consequences for the social sciences. The volume has three parts. The studies in the first part examine the history of hermeneutics, its central themes and the outstanding issues it has to confront. In Part II, Ricoeur's own current, constructive position is developed. A concept of the text is formulated as the implications of the theory are pursued into the domains of sociology, psychoanalysis and history. Many of the essays appear here in English for the first time; the editor's introduction brings out their background in Ricoeur's thought and the continuity of his concerns. The volume will be of great importance for those interested in hermeneutics and Ricoeur's contribution to it, and will demonstrate how much his approach offers to a number of disciplines.

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'The essays which John Thompson has assembled under the title Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences are all taken from Ricoeur's recent work ... The essays have been chosen with care, and the volume has the benefit of an extensive introduction by its editor. It offers a comprehensive and integrated conspectus of Ricoeur's ideas ... I do not think that anyone would fail to find illumination and challenge in reading him.' Anthony Giddens, The Times Literary Supplement

'Paul Ricoeur is the most important living representative of phenomenology in France. A prolific writer, his work has exerted considerable influence in several areas of philosophy, including the philosophy of religion, the study of symbolism, of metaphor and language ... Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences provides an excellent introduction to Ricoeur's work, which, by focusing on his more recent writings, will serve to inject his themes and perspectives into the mainstream of inquiry in sociological theory.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'John B. Thompson's lucid and helpful introduction to this collection of essays includes a brief history of Ricoeur's career and the thematic focuses of his major works : This selection of essays makes available in one piece Ricoeur's attempt in the seventies to address the challenges from various intellectual fronts. These confrontations do not present an eclecticism, but rather, constitute a continuous, ongoing, and open intellectual response, addressing not only real philosophical issues dealing especially with interpretation, but issues relevant to the social sciences, psychology, psychoanalysis, theology, and many more disciplines.' Review of Metaphysics

Language Notes

Text: English, French (translation)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 31, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521234972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521234979
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great purchase May 10, 2013
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A truly seminal work and a must for anyone who is busy with liteterature studies, translations studies and a number of other disciplines in humanities.
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This was one of the most difficult books that I ever had to read. It is dry, terse, and overly complex.
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