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Oneself as Another 1985–1986

Paul Ricoeur

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Oneself as Another is a collection of ten “studies” that explore the concept of personal identity by investigating selfhood and the relationship of selfhood to self identity and otherness. Ricoeur argues that 'selfhood of oneself implies otherness to such an intimate degree that one cannot be thought of without the other' (p. 3). Oneself as Another investigates the philosophy of language and the philosophy of action and then explores the competition between hermeneutics and analytic philosophy to articulate how personal identity can be described as the 'the point of intersection between the two philosophical traditions' (p. 17). Oneself as Another ends by seeking to understand the ethical and moral dimensions of selfhood to understand why individuals act or fail to act in various situations. Ricoeur ultimately believes that 'The autonomy of the self . . . [appears] to be tightly bound up with the solicitude for one’s neighbor and with justice for each individual' (p. 18).
KEY WORDS: Self-identity, Other personhood, Ethics, Morality, Hermeneutics, Narrative, Kant, Descartes, Nietzsche

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OriginalUniversity of Chicago Press1992
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Templeton Press