Ricoeur on Moral Religion: A Hermeneutics of Ethical Life

Hardcover | October 8, 2014

byJames Carter

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In Ricoeur on Moral Religion, James Carter argues that Paul Ricoeur's later philosophical writings provide a highly instructive interpretive key with which to assess his philosophical project as a whole. This first systematic study of the "later Ricoeur" offers a critical yet sympatheticreconstruction of Ricoeur's hermeneutics of ethical life, which demonstrates his significant contribution to contemporary philosophy of religion and moral philosophy. What emerges is a clear and distinctive moral religion that binds humans together universally on the basis of the life they share ascapable beings. Carter also uncovers a hitherto unforeseen thread in Ricoeur's writings concerning ethical life, pulled through his own readings of Spinoza, Aristotle, and Kant. Ricoeur's hermeneutics is structured by a Kantian architectonic informed at different levels by these three philosophers, who ground arich, holistic, and ultimately rationalist account of ethical life and religion that resists the trappings of both positivism and postmodernism.

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In Ricoeur on Moral Religion, James Carter argues that Paul Ricoeur's later philosophical writings provide a highly instructive interpretive key with which to assess his philosophical project as a whole. This first systematic study of the "later Ricoeur" offers a critical yet sympatheticreconstruction of Ricoeur's hermeneutics of ethic...

James Carter teaches Philosophy and Religious Studies at Wellington College, UK. He was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London, and tutor in Philosophy and Theology at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford. Dr Carter is the co-editor of Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs: Ess...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:October 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of Abbreviations1. Ricoeur's Architectonic of Moral Religion2. Reading Religion as Metaphysical Life in Spinoza3. Reading Religion as Anthropological Life in Aristotle4. Reading Religion as Moral Life in Kant5. The Reflexive Autonomy of Ricoeur6. A Hermeneutics of Ethical LifeConcluding Remarks: Life, etc.Bibliography