“Demeurer vivant jusqu’à...”: La question de la vie et de la mort et le “religieux commun” chez le dernier Ricœur

Yasuhiko Sugimura


In spite of his clear and deliberate distinction between philosophical and religious discourse, Ricoeur lets these two aspects of his thought interweave with respect to the deep "conviction" motiving it. The idea of “attestation”, considered as the "password" granting access to his last "hermeneutics of the self", testifies to this in particular. This term, while containing a religious connotation, refers to what Heidegger calls Fundamentalontologie, in which attestation (Bezeugung) is totally de-theologized to indicate how Dasein assumes its own death. But Ricoeur only incorporates this notion into his thought by making it undergo a profound modification. Ricoeur replaces “being–toward–death” with “remaining alive until…”, which allows him to recognize “the religious in common.” How can we develop a conception of the philosophy of religion from this winding process? This article marks a first step toward answering that question.


Attestation, Heidegger, Death, Survival, The Religious in Common

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/errs.2012.142

Copyright (c) 2012 Yasuhiko Sugimura

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