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Ricoeur, Paul (Translated by Kathleen Blamey). CRITIQUE AND CONVICTION: CONVERSATIONS WITH FRANCOIS AZOUVI AND MARC DELAUNAY. New York City, NY: Columbia University Press, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 194 pages. As New/As New.

The author's collection of interviews. One of the greatest philosophical texts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in conjunction with The Polity Press and under the auspices of the French Ministry of Culture in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original by a University Press. The Hardcover Edition is now very scarce. Presents beguiling, casual ruminations by the late great philosopher on his intellectual life and concerns. Internationally-known for his influential works in hermeneutics, theology, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics, Ricoeur had been conspicuously silent on the subject of himself. In this book, a conversation about his life and work with Francois Azouvi and Marc de Launay, Ricoeur reflects on a variety of philosophical, social, religious, and cultural topics. His range is breathtaking: From the paradoxes of political power to the relationship between life and art, and life and death. In the first of eight conversations, Ricoeur traces the trajectory of his life, recounting the origins of his convictions and the development of his intellect against the tragic events of the twentieth century. Declaring himself the "son of a victim of the First World War", Ricoeur, an orphan, sketches his early years in the house of stern but loving grandparents and the molding of his intellect under the tutelage of Roland Dalbiez, Gabriel Marcel, and Andre Philip. Ricoeur tells the intriguing story of his capture and five-year imprisonment by the Germans during the Second World War, where he and his compatriots fashioned an intellectual life complete with a library and lectures, and where he, amazingly, was able to continue his dissertation research. Elegantly interweaving anecdotal with philosophical meditations, Ricoeur recounts his relationships with some of the twentieth century's greatest figures, such as Heidegger, Jaspers, and Eliade. He also shares his views on French philosophers and explains his tumultuous relationship with Jacques Lacan. And while expressing his deepest respect for the works of Claude Levi-Strauss and Michel Foucault, Ricoeur reserves his greatest admiration for the narratologist Algirdas Julien Greimas. Ricoeur also explores the relationship between the philosophical and religious domains, attempting to reconcile the two poles in his thought. Readers who have struggled with Ricoeur's work will be grateful for these illuminating discussions that provide an invaluable key to his writings on language and narrative, especially those on metaphor and time. Spontaneous and lively, a passionate confirmation of Ricoeur's eloquence, lucidity, and intellectual rigor, this book affirms his position as one of this century's greatest thinkers. An absolute "must-have" title for Paul Ricoeur collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAUL RICOEUR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 023110734X. $100.00

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