Ricœurian Philosophy of Life and the Question of the Fundamental – a Final Concession in Favour of Immediacy?

Robert Grzywacz

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/szhf.2020.021

Abstract


The paper deals with the problem of life within the thought of Paul Ricœur. The existing literature in the matter, as well as the limited purpose that orients the endeavour below, requires a selection of the aspects to be investigated. The research question that constitutes the guiding thread of the analysis focuses on the opposition between mediation and immediacy, inasmuch as it appears in the examined philosophy. Having accounted for the present state of the question, life is approached in a twofold manner: in the guise of desire and in the figure of the Fundamental. An essential critique of Henry, addressed with regard to the former aspect of the problem, turns out to be applicable as to the latter as well. All this helps to discern an eidetic moment that persists throughout Ricœur’s legacy without being constantly highlighted.

Keywords


life; desire; the Fundamental (the Essential); mediation; immediacy; attention; Ricœur

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