Ricoeur on Moral Religion: A Hermeneutics of Life

2015.02.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Carter, Ricoeur on Moral Religion: A Hermeneutics of Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 169pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.02.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Carter, Ricoeur on Moral Religion: A Hermeneutics of Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 169pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198717157. Reviewed by David Pellauer, DePaul University James Carter proposes a "selective reading" (p. v) of Ricoeur's philosophy that he claims reveals the "architectonic" (p. ix) of Ricoeur's thought. Contrary to many current interpretations of Ricoeur, which characterize his numerous writings under the heading of a philosophical anthropology, this organizing principle turns out to be a "moral religion," in effect, a "civic or common religion" (p. 96) that does not depend on any particular religious tradition but that does make it possible for people to live together and to seek a good life. This moral religion is said to be derived from the philosophy of agency worked out in Ricoeur's later work and retroactively discernible in the early work, based on a "reflexive. . .

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