Paul Ricoeur between Theology and Philosophy: Detour and Return

Paul Ricoeur between Theology and Philosophy: Detour and Return

by Boyd Blundell


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Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) remains one of philosophy of religion's most distinctive voices. Ricoeur was a philosopher first, and while his religious reflections are very relevant to theology, Boyd Blundell argues that his philosophy is even more so. Using Ricoeur's own philosophical hermeneutics, Blundell shows that there is a way for explicitly Christian theology to maintain both its integrity and overall relevance. He demonstrates how the dominant pattern of detour and return found throughout Ricoeur's work provides a path to understanding the relationship between philosophy and theology. By putting Ricoeur in dialogue with current, fundamental, and longstanding debates about the role of philosophy in theology, Blundell offers a hermeneutically sensitive engagement with Ricoeur's thought from a theological perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253221902
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Series: Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Boyd Blundell is Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Main Road

1 Fundamental Loyalties 15

2 Theology, Hermeneutics, and Ricoeur's Double Life 32

Part 2 Detour

3 Prefiguration: The Critical Arc and Descriptive Identity 57

4 Configuration: The Narrative Arc and Narrative Identity 81

5 Refiguration: Riceour' "Little Ethics" 105

Part 3 Return

6 Chalcedonian Hermeneutics 131

7 Theological Anthropology: Removing Brackets 150

Conclusion 171

Notes 179

Works Cited 201

Index 211

What People are Saying About This

Swarthmore College - Mark Wallace

Boyd Blundell calls readers to create a narrative unity of life amidst the incommensurabilities of everyday existence. With deft skill, he integrates biblical criticism, philosophical commentary, and theological insight, showing how the construction of narrative identity is elucidated by Ricoeur's philosophy of the intersubjective self. Innovative, invigorating, beautifully written, carefully researched, and highly recommended.

St. Bonaventure University - Jim Fodor

The terms of engagement of theology and philosophy in the contemporary academy are of considerable interest, along with the figure of Ricoeur and the subject of hermeneutics generally. . . . Highly engaging, well-structured, lucid.

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