Paul Ricoeur Between Theology And Philosophy: Detour And Return

Paperback | May 25, 2010

byBoyd 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 relevant. 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.

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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 relevant. Using Ricoeur's own philosophical hermeneutics, Blundell shows that there is a way ...

Boyd Blundell is Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:May 25, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253221900

ISBN - 13:9780253221902

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Part 1. The Main Road
1. Fundamental Loyalties
2. Theology, Hermeneutics, and Ricoeur's Double Life
Part 2. Detour
3. Prefiguration: The Critical Arc and Descriptive Identity
4. Configuration: The Narrative Arc and Narrative Identity
5. Refiguration: Ricoeur's "Little Ethics"
Part 3. Return
6. Chalcedonian Hermeneutics
7. Theological Anthropology: Removing Brackets
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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"This book is well written, concise, and clear. It provides a cogent account of theological debates while at the same time making Ricoeur accessible.... Those involved with Ricoeur scholarship will no doubt find Blundell's study a valuable resource for drawing a clear line of intellectual development in Ricoeur's thought." -Philosophy in Review