Presentation: Paul Ricœur, “The Question of the Colonies”

Ernst Wolff


This presentation serves as an introduction to Paul Ricœur’s essay "The Question of the Colonies" (1947). The essay is contextualized in relation to other contemporary anti-colonial writings and to Ricœur’s own later philosophy. The argumentative structure of the essay is clarified, while identifying some difficulties in evaluating it today.


Ricœur; Colonialism; Decolonization; Nation-state; Violence; Nazism; Responsibility; Guilt.

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