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Moral Creativity: Paul Ricoeur and the Poetics of Possibility

John Wall


This book combines ancient, modern, and postmodern resources to argue that moral life and thought are inherently and radically creative. Human beings are called by their own primordially created depths to exceed historical evil and tragedy through the ongoing creative transformation together of their world. This creative capability can be understood in its fullest dimensions only as a religious or mythological affirmation of humanity as an image of its Creator. This thesis challenges Greek and biblical separations of ethics and poetic image-making, as well as contemporary conceptions of moral ... More

Keywords: creativity, ethics, evil, hermeneutics, image, otherness, phenomenology, poetics, Paul Ricoeur, self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195182569
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195182561.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Wall, author
Rutgers University
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