Paul Ricœur and the Relationship Between Philosophy and Religion in Contemporary French Phenomenology

Christina M. Gschwandtner

Abstract


In this paper I consider Ricœur’s negotiation of the boundary or relationship between philosophy and religion in light of the larger debate in contemporary French philosophy. I suggest that contrasting his way of dealing with the intersection of the two discourses to that of two other French thinkers (Jean-Luc Marion and Michel Henry) illuminates his stance more fully. I begin with a brief outline of Ricœur’s claims about the distinction or relation between the discourses, then reflect on those of Marion and Henry, who although they do not relate them in the same way still together form a significant contrast to Ricœur’s perspective, and conclude with a fuller consideration of Ricœur’s methodology in light of this comparison. I suggest that it is in particular his hermeneutic commitments that lead him both to more rigorous distinctions between discourses and ironically to greater mediation.



Keywords


Religion, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Jean-Luc Marion, Michel Henry



DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/errs.2012.147



Copyright (c) 2012 Christina M. Gschwandtner

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