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Paul in Israel's StorySelf and Community at the Cross$
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John L. Meech

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195306945.001.0001

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The Deferred Self: Paul Ricoeur's Oneself as Another

The Deferred Self: Paul Ricoeur's Oneself as Another

(p.75) 4 The Deferred Self: Paul Ricoeur's Oneself as Another
Paul in Israel's Story

John L. Meech

Oxford University Press

In his hermeneutics of the self, Ricoeur executes a series of detours to the self through several accounts of selfhood. Yet he refuses to grant the last word to any one of these accounts alone but puts them all into play at once in a journey led by the question of who: Who speaks? Who acts (and who suffers)? Who tells her story? Who is responsible? While Ricoeur acknowledges the role of community in the constitution of the self, he never takes the explicit detour to the self through community. In a final detour to the self through community, the self can be glimpsed reflexively as the correlate of a community when ethical conflicts put the self and community at stake together. In such conflicts, the need to identify the community in a narrative attains the status of something attested, and constitutes a first aporia in Ricoeur’s account. A second aporia appears when imputation, responsibility, and recognition are affirmed of the self who is the correlate of a community. These aporias are overcome by letting the community appear as “person” through the metaphor of the “spirit” in the community.

Keywords:   alterity, hermeneutics, otherness, phenomenology, Paul Ricoeur, self, Spirit, transcendental

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