Time and Narrative - Paul Ricoeur (Paperback)

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Barcode
9780226713328
Department
Books
Released
15 Sep 1990
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
D. Pellauer (Translator)
Paul Ricoeur
Kathleen Blamey
K. McLaughlin (Translator)
David Pellauer (Translator)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Univ of Chicago Pr
Edition
Reprint
Volume
001
Language
English
Number of Pages
286
Dimensions
229 x 152 x 13mm (386g)

Annotation

Discusses the conflict between subjective time and historical time, looks at how fiction and historical writings create a model of temporal experience, and considers the question of sense and reference

Summary

Time and Narrative builds on Paul Ricoeur's earlier analysis, in The Rule of Metaphor, of semantic innovation at the level of the sentence. Ricoeur here examines the creation of meaning at the textual level, with narrative rather than metaphor as the ruling concern.

Ricoeur finds a "healthy circle" between time and narrative: time is humanized to the extent that it portrays temporal experience. Ricoeur proposes a theoretical model of this circle using Augustine's theory of time and Aristotle's theory of plot and, further, develops an original thesis of the mimetic function of narrative. He concludes with a comprehensive survey and critique of modern discussions of historical knowledge, understanding, and writing from Aron and Mandelbaum in the late 1930s to the work of the Annales school and that of Anglophone philosophers of history of the 1960s and 1970s.

"This work, in my view, puts the whole problem of narrative, not to mention philosophy of history, on a new and higher plane of discussion."—Hayden White, History and Theory

"Superb. . . . A fine point of entrance into the work of one of the eminent thinkers of the present intellectual age."—Joseph R. Gusfield, Contemporary Sociology

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Philosophy
BISAC Subject 1
Philosophy / General
BISAC Subject 2
History / General
BIC Classification 1
Semantics, discourse analysis, etc
BIC Classification 2
History: theory & methods
Library Subject 1
Narration (Rhetoric)
Library Subject 2
Time in literature.
Library Subject 3
Mimesis in literature.
Academic Subject 1
Theory Of Literature
Dewey Classification
809/.923

Author Bio

Paul Ricoeur is the John Nuveen Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School, professor of philosophy, and a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He was for many years dean of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences at the University of Paris X (Nanterre).