By William C. Dowling
“The item of this book,” writes William C. Dowling in his preface, “is to make the foremost options of Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative to be had to readers who may have felt bewildered by way of the twists and turns of its argument.” The resources of puzzlement are, he notes, many. For a few, it truly is Ricoeur’s famously oblique kind of presentation, within which the polarities of argument and exegesis look so frequently and so without warning to have reversed themselves. For others, it's the impressive highbrow diversity of Ricoeur’s argument, drawing on traditions as far-off from one another as Heideggerian existentialism, French structuralism, and Anglo-American analytic philosophy. but underneath the labyrinthian floor of Ricoeur’s Temps et récit, Dowling finds a unmarried prolonged argument that, notwithstanding built unsystematically, is intended to be understood in systematic terms.
Ricoeur on Time and Narrative provides that argument in transparent and concise phrases, in a manner that might be enlightening either to readers new to Ricoeur and people who can have felt themselves adrift within the complexities of Temps et récit, Ricoeur’s final significant philosophical paintings. Dowling divides his dialogue into six chapters, all heavily concerned with particular arguments in Temps et récit: on mimesis, time, narrativity, semantics of motion, poetics of historical past, and poetics of fiction. also, Dowling presents a preface that lays out the French highbrow context of Ricoeur's philosophical technique. An appendix provides his English translation of a private interview within which Ricoeur, having accomplished Time and Narrative, appears again over his lengthy occupation as an across the world popular thinker. Ricoeur on Time and Narrative communicates to readers the highbrow pleasure of following Ricoeur’s dismantling of verified theories and arguments—Aristotle and Augustine and Husserl on time, Frye and Greimas on narrative constitution, Arthur Danto and Louis O. Mink at the nature of old explanation—while coming to work out how, less than the strain of Ricoeur’s research, those rules are reconstituted and published in a brand new set of kinfolk to at least one another.
"The scholarship in William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is impeccable; Dowling is aware Ricoeur inside of out. He highlights Ricoeur's most crucial arguments, provides them in a limpid, concise language, and hyperlinks them to the suitable 19th- and twentieth-century philosophical advancements. Dowling's publication presents us with a lucid, intelligible model of Ricoeur's significant paintings, person who should be of substantial importance to philosophers, historians, and literary theorists." —Thomas Pavel, Gordon J. Laing distinct provider Professor of French Literature, and the Committee on Social inspiration, collage of Chicago
"William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is a sophisticated and remarkably well-sustained piece of labor. It offers an in depth advent to an immense paintings of philosophy and narrative theory—already a substantial fulfillment, given the trouble of Ricoeur's textual content. besides the fact that, Dowling additionally indicates us, occasionally explicitly, occasionally easily throughout the approach he conducts his argument, why we should always hassle with Ricoeur—what we need to achieve from figuring out him higher than we do, even though good we might imagine we all know him." —Michael wooden, Charles Barnwell Straut classification of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Princeton collage