Living up to Death - Paul Ricoeur (Hardcover)

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Barcode
9780226713496
Department
Books
Released
15 Apr 2009
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Paul Ricoeur
David Pellauer (Translator)
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Univ of Chicago Pr
Edition
1
Language
English
Number of Pages
108
Dimensions
210 x 133 x 19mm (227g)

Summary

When French philosopher Paul Ricoeur died in 2005, he bequeathed to the world a highly regarded, widely influential body of work which established him as one of the greatest thinkers of our time. He also left behind a number of unfinished projects that are gathered here and translated into English for the first time.

Living Up to Death consists of one major essay and nine fragments. Composed in 1996, the essay is the kernel of an unrealized book on the subject of mortality. Likely inspired by his wife&;s approaching death, it examines not one&;s own passing but one&;s experience of others dying. Ricoeur notes that when thinking about death the imagination is paramount, since we cannot truly experience our own passing. But those we leave behind do, and Ricoeur posits that the idea of life after death originated in the awareness of our own end posthumously resonating with our survivors.

The fragments in this volume were written over the course of the last few months of Ricoeur&;s life as his health failed, and they represent his very last work. They cover a range of topics, touching on biblical scholarship, the philosophy of language, and the idea of selfhood he first addressed in Oneself as Another. And while they contain numerous philosophical insights, these fragments are perhaps most significant for providing an invaluable look at Ricoeur&;s mind at work.

As poignant as it is perceptive, Living Up to Death

is a moving testimony to Ricoeur&;s willingness to confront his own mortality with serious questions, a touching insouciance, and hope for the future.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Philosophy
BISAC Subject 1
Philosophy / Religious
BISAC Subject 2
Religion / Christian Life / Death, Grief, Bereavement
BISAC Subject 3
Religion / Christian Theology / Eschatology
BIC Classification 1
Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
Library Subject 1
Death.
Library Subject 2
Philosophy.
Academic Subject 1
Philosophy Of The 20Th Century
Academic Subject 2
Death And Dying (Sociological Aspects)
Dewey Classification
236/.1

Author Bio

Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) was the John Nuveen Professor in the Divinity School, the Department of Philosophy, and the Committee on Social Thought of the University of Chicago. David Pellauer is professor of philosophy at DePaul University and the translator of Ricoeur's The Just; Reflections on the Just; and Memory, History, Forgetting.