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Paul Ricœur

France / February 27, 1913-2005
Philosopher; Professor Emeritus, University of Paris and The University of Chicago

"A philosopher who constructed hermeneutic phenomenology that embraces a new concept of ethics"
While firmly in the tradition of reflexive philosophy, Professor Ricœur has revolutionized the methods of hermeneutic phenomenology, expanding the study of textual interpretation to include the broad yet concrete domains of mythology, biblical exegesis, psychoanalysis, theory of metaphor, and narrative theory. He has had an enormous impact on the philosophical world not only in France but also in Britain and the United States.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

1913
Born in Valence, France
1933
Graduated, Université de Rennes
1934
Entered Université de Paris. Prepared for a certifying examination to be a professor.
1939-1945
Mobilized as the 2nd World War occurred. Spent as a prisoner of war at a prison camp in Poland
1945-1948
Researcher, CNRS
1949
Instructor, Université de Strasbourg. Ph. D.
1956
Professor of Philosophy, Université de Paris-Sorbonne
1966-1970
Professor, the newly founded university, Université de Paris -Nanterre
1973
Returned to Université de Paris-Nanterre as a professor
1973-1991
The concurrent post of professor of the Department of Divinity University of Chicago. Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago
1980-present
Professor Emeritus, Université de Paris

AWARDS AND HONORS

1950
Jean Cavaillés Prix
1985
Hegel Prize, Germany
1985
Gordon Laing Prize, University of Chicago Press
1988
Grand Prix, French Academy
1989
Lucas Prize, Germany
1999
Balzan Prize, Italy

MAJOR WORKS

1950-1960
Philosophie et la volonté, I II III, Paris, Aubier
1965
De l' interprétation Essai sur Freud, Paris, Seuil
1975
La métaphore vive, Paris, Seuil
1983-1985
Temp et récit, tome I II III, Paris, Seuil
1990
Soi-méme comme un autre, Paris, Seuil
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