Identifying Selfhood provides the first sustained treatment of the development of Paul Ricoeur s decentered formulation of selfhood from his earliest works to his most recent. For Henry Venema, Ricoeur s affirmation that consciousness is always rooted in the signs, symbols, and texts that precede the hermeneutical project of self-recovery and discovery provides the thread that links all of Ricoeur s philosophical inquiries together. However, as Venema argues, Ricoeur s hermeneutic is caught up in the semantics of identity to such an extent that selfhood is confused and often equated with the textuality of the reflective process and is never dealt with on the intimate level of the reflexive structure of selfhood in relation to otherness. In the end, Ricoeur s formulation of alterity identifies the other within the circle of the self-same."
State University of New York Press
Imagination, Narrative, and Hermeneutics in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur
McGill Studies in the History of Religions
Education & Reference