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The origin in traces: diversity and universality in Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutic phenomenology of religion

  • Darren E. DahlEmail author
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Abstract

At the heart of Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutic phenomenology of religion one discovers a commitment to the diversity of religious expression. This commitment is grounded in his understanding of the linguistic and temporal conditions of religious phenomena. By exploring his contribution to the debate concerning the so-called ‘theological turn’ in French phenomenology in relation to his studies of translation, this essay explores Ricoeur’s understanding of religious phenomenality where meaning is experienced as the simultaneous advance and withdrawal of an originary event in the traces of its interpretations. With such an understanding of religious phenomenality, the way is opened for philosophy of religion to advance a more robust consideration of religious diversity and, therefore, to reconsider notions of universality better suited to the things themselves.

Keywords

Paul Ricoeur Philosophy of religion Theological turn in phenomenology Hermeneutic phenomenology Religious diversity Theory of religion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Briercrest CollegeCaronportCanada

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