Paul Ricoeur and Some Associates

  • Herbert Spiegelberg
Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 5/6)


The present chapter selects three living French philosophers born in the second decade of the century who have made significant contributions to original phenomenology. The most prominent among them is Paul Ricoeur, not only because of the volume and variety of his work, but because he has achieved also the greatest international stature. Thus his work might well have deserved a chapter of its own. The reason why I am attaching the independent production of Mikel Dufrenne and Raymond Polin to the present chapter almost as two annexes is that assigning them two separate chapters would have created an awkward unbalance in this book. Besides, their membership in the same generation and the special friendship between Dufrenne and Ricoeur suggested the present arrangement.


Esthetic Experience Phenomenological Method Hermeneutic Phenomenology Esthetic Object Cartesian Meditation 
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