By William C. Dowling
“The item of this book,” writes William C. Dowling in his preface, “is to make the most important techniques of Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative to be had to readers who may need felt bewildered by means of the twists and turns of its argument.” The assets of puzzlement are, he notes, many. For a few, it truly is Ricoeur’s famously oblique type of presentation, during which the polarities of argument and exegesis appear so frequently and so all at once to have reversed themselves. For others, it's the amazing highbrow variety of Ricoeur’s argument, drawing on traditions as far away from one another as Heideggerian existentialism, French structuralism, and Anglo-American analytic philosophy. but underneath the labyrinthian floor of Ricoeur’s Temps et récit, Dowling finds a unmarried prolonged argument that, notwithstanding built unsystematically, is intended to be understood in systematic terms.
Ricoeur on Time and Narrative presents that argument in transparent and concise phrases, in a manner that might be enlightening either to readers new to Ricoeur and those that could have felt themselves adrift within the complexities of Temps et récit, Ricoeur’s final significant philosophical paintings. Dowling divides his dialogue into six chapters, all heavily concerned with particular arguments in Temps et récit: on mimesis, time, narrativity, semantics of motion, poetics of historical past, and poetics of fiction. also, Dowling offers a preface that lays out the French highbrow context of Ricoeur's philosophical process. An appendix offers his English translation of a private interview during which Ricoeur, having accomplished Time and Narrative, looks again over his lengthy profession as an the world over well known thinker. Ricoeur on Time and Narrative communicates to readers the highbrow pleasure of following Ricoeur’s dismantling of demonstrated theories and arguments—Aristotle and Augustine and Husserl on time, Frye and Greimas on narrative constitution, Arthur Danto and Louis O. Mink at the nature of ancient explanation—while coming to work out how, lower than the strain of Ricoeur’s research, those principles are reconstituted and printed in a brand new set of relatives to 1 another.
"The scholarship in William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is impeccable; Dowling understands Ricoeur within out. He highlights Ricoeur's most crucial arguments, provides them in a limpid, concise language, and hyperlinks them to the correct 19th- and twentieth-century philosophical advancements. Dowling's booklet presents us with a lucid, intelligible model of Ricoeur's significant paintings, person who might be of substantial value to philosophers, historians, and literary theorists." —Thomas Pavel, Gordon J. Laing exotic carrier Professor of French Literature, and the Committee on Social proposal, collage of Chicago
"William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is a sophisticated and remarkably well-sustained piece of labor. It presents an in depth creation to an important paintings of philosophy and narrative theory—already a substantial fulfillment, given the trouble of Ricoeur's textual content. in spite of the fact that, Dowling additionally indicates us, occasionally explicitly, occasionally easily in the course of the method he conducts his argument, why we should always hassle with Ricoeur—what we need to achieve from realizing him higher than we do, despite the fact that good we might imagine we all know him." —Michael wooden, Charles Barnwell Straut category of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Princeton University