Paul Ricœur on Social Imagination. Across Tradition and Innovation

Maria Cristina Clorinda Vendra



This paper aims to extend the implication of Paul Ricœur’s phenomenology of productive imagination to the social sphere. Specifically, through reference to Ricœur’s anthropological analysis of imagination and his reflections on the tensive categories of ideology and utopia, belonging and distanciation, this essay seeks to rethink the social lifeworld through the recomposition of a framework between tradition and innovation. The attention will be focused on human productive imagination and on the constitution of the shared social imaginary. These reflections will open up to a renewal of the concepts of reality and truth.


imagination; ideology; utopia; belonging; distance

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