Ricoeur on Moral Religion: A Hermeneutics of Ethical Life

ISBN : 9780198717157

James Carter
192 Pages
144 x 223 mm
Pub date
Aug 2014
Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs
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In Ricoeur on Moral Religion, James Carter argues that Paul Ricoeur's later philosophical writings provide a highly instructive interpretive key with which to assess his philosophical project as a whole. This first systematic study of the 'later Ricoeur' offers a critical yet sympathetic reconstruction of Ricoeur's hermeneutics of ethical life, which demonstrates his significant contribution to contemporary philosophy of religion and moral philosophy. What emerges is a clear and distinctive moral religion that binds humans together universally on the basis of the life they share as capable beings. Carter also uncovers a hitherto unforeseen thread in Ricoeur's writings concerning ethical life, pulled through his own readings of Spinoza, Aristotle, and Kant. Ricoeur's hermeneutics is structured by a Kantian architectonic informed at different levels by these three philosophers, who ground a rich, holistic, and ultimately rationalist account of ethical life and religion that resists the trappings of both positivism and postmodernism.


List of Abbreviations
1. Ricoeur's Architectonic of Moral Religion
2. Reading Religion as Metaphysical Life in Spinoza
3. Reading Religion as Anthropological Life in Aristotle
4. Reading Religion as Moral Life in Kant
5. The Reflexive Autonomy of Ricoeur
6. A Hermeneutics of Ethical Life
Concluding Remarks: Life, etc.

About the author: 

James Carter teaches Philosophy and Religious Studies at Wellington College, UK. He was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London, and tutor in Philosophy and Theology at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford. Dr Carter is the co-editor of Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs: Essays in Moral and Religious Philosophy (Continuum, 2011)

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