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A Passion for the Possible
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Paul Ricoeur's entire philosophical project narrates a passion for the possibleexpressed in the hope that in spite of death, closure, and sedimentation, life is opened by superabundance, by how the world gives us much more than is possible. Ricoeur's philosophical anthropology is a phenomenology of human capacity, which gives onto the groundless ground of human being, namely, God. Thus the story of the capable man, beginning with original goodness held captive by a servile will and ending with the possibility of liberation and regeneration of the heart, underpins his passion for the more than possible. The essays in this volume trace the fluid movement between phenomenological and religious descriptions of the capable self that emerges across Ricoeur's oeuvre and establish points of connection for future developments that might draw inspiration from this body of thought.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: How Much More Than the Possible?
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. Asserting Personal Capacities and Pleadingfor Mutual Recognition
  2. pp. 22-26
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  1. Religious Belief: The Difficult Path of the Religious
  2. pp. 27-40
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  1. Remembering Paul Ricoeur
  2. pp. 41-48
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  1. Capable Man, Capable God
  2. pp. 49-61
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  1. The Source of Ricoeur’s Double Allegiance
  2. pp. 62-76
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  1. The Golden Rule and Forgiveness
  2. pp. 77-89
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  1. Toward Which Recognition?
  2. pp. 90-111
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  1. Paul Ricoeur and Development Ethics
  2. pp. 112-128
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  1. Narrative Matters among the Mlabri: Interpretive Anthropology in International Development
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. The Place of Remembrance: Reflections on Paul Ricoeur’s Theory of Collective Memory
  2. pp. 147-157
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  1. Refiguring Virtue
  2. pp. 158-172
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  1. Emplotting Virtue: Narrative and the Good Life
  2. pp. 173-189
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  1. Preserving the Eidetic Moment
  2. pp. 190-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 97-224
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 229-232
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  1. Series Page
  2. pp. 233-236
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