Otherness and Singularity in Ricœur’s Hermeneutics of Works of Art

Annalisa Caputo


This article is divided into two parts. In the first one, we will ask what place Ricœur reserves for art works (particularly figurative) within his philosophical path. We will try to show how this issue is only apparently minor and unimportant. In fact, the language of figurative art, totally other than the conceptual/argumentative language of the logos, is that which more than any other experience can allow philosophy to reflect on otherness, and to discover ‘itself as another.’ In the second part, starting with this acquisition, we will ask ourselves what constitutes the singularity of artistic language and the particular communication specific to works of art. This will allow us to circle back to the initial question and ask ourselves, therefore, what figurative language can teach philosophical communication and what the arts can offer philosophy.


Ricœur, Arts, Singularity, Otherness, Hermeneutics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/errs.2016.358

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