More than “Passive Preservation” – Ricœur’s Understanding of Phronesis in the Context of the Renewal of Tradition

Krystyna Bembennek

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/szhf.2020.023

Abstract


This article focuses on characteristics of the hermeneutic approach to tradition in the context of Paul Ricœur’s (and Hans-Georg Gadamer’s) deliberations on phronesis, i.e., practical wisdom. The author indicates how the interpretation of the concept, characteristic of ancient philosophy, enables the formulation of new philosophical contents, especially in the ethical-moral field, while at the same time being an example of the “renewal” of tradition, a dialogue with tradition that ensures its permanence and makes it “alive”.


Keywords


Paul Ricœur; Hans-Georg Gadamer; hermeneutic philosophy; tradition; “passive preservation”; phronesis; interpretation; hermeneutic ethics

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