From Text to Action: Essays in Hermeneutics, II / Edition 2

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With his writings on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, Marxism, ideology, and religion, Paul Ricoeur has single-handedly redefined and revitalized the hermeneutic tradition. From Text to Action is an essential companion to the now classic The Conflict of Interpretations. Here, Ricoeur continues and extends his project of constructing a general theory of interpretation, positioning his work in relation to its own philosophical background: Hegel, Husserl, Gadamer, and Weber. He also responds to contemporary figures like K.O. Apel and J├╝rgen Habermas, connecting his own theorization of ideology to their version of ideology critique.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810123991
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/2006
  • Series: Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 996,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) is the author of numerous books, including History and TruthThe Conflict of InterpretationsFrom Text to ActionFreedom and Nature, and Husserl. These five titles are being reissued by Northwestern University Press with new forewords.

Kathleen Blamey has taught philosophy at California State University, Hayward, and the American University in Paris.

John B. Thompson is a professor of sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Richard Kearney is the Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy at Boston College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Edition
Translator's Note
On Interpretation

Part 1: For a Hermeneutical Phenomenology
1. Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
2. The Task of Hermeneutics
3. The Hermeneutical Function of Distanciation
4. Philosophical Hermeneutics and Biblical Hermeneutics

Part 2: From the Hermeneutics of Texts to the Hermeneutics of Action
5. What Is a Text?
6. Explanation and Understanding
7. The Model of the Text: Meaningful Action Considered as a Text
8. Imagination in Discourse and in Action
9. Practical Reason
10. Initiative

Part 3: Ideology, Utopia, and Politics
11. Hegel and Husserl on Intersubjectivity
12. Science and Ideology
13. Hermeneutics and the Critique of Ideology
14. Ideology and Utopia
15. Ethics and Politics

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