By William C. Dowling
“The item of this book,” writes William C. Dowling in his preface, “is to make the foremost ideas of Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative on hand to readers who may have felt bewildered through the twists and turns of its argument.” The resources of puzzlement are, he notes, many. For a few, it really is Ricoeur’s famously oblique sort of presentation, during which the polarities of argument and exegesis look so frequently and so unexpectedly to have reversed themselves. For others, it's the remarkable highbrow diversity of Ricoeur’s argument, drawing on traditions as far away 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 unearths a unmarried prolonged argument that, notwithstanding constructed unsystematically, is intended to be understood in systematic terms.
Ricoeur on Time and Narrative presents that argument in transparent and concise phrases, in a manner that might be enlightening either to readers new to Ricoeur and those that could 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 heritage, and poetics of fiction. also, Dowling offers a preface that lays out the French highbrow context of Ricoeur's philosophical strategy. An appendix provides his English translation of a private interview within which Ricoeur, having accomplished Time and Narrative, looks again over his lengthy profession as an the world over well known thinker. Ricoeur on Time and Narrative communicates to readers the highbrow pleasure of following Ricoeur’s dismantling of demonstrated 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 determine how, less than the strain of Ricoeur’s research, those principles are reconstituted and published in a brand new set of kin to 1 another.
"The scholarship in William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is impeccable; Dowling is familiar with Ricoeur inside of out. He highlights Ricoeur's most vital 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, one who could be of substantial value to philosophers, historians, and literary theorists." —Thomas Pavel, Gordon J. Laing extraordinary carrier Professor of French Literature, and the Committee on Social concept, collage of Chicago
"William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is a refined and remarkably well-sustained piece of labor. It presents an in depth creation to a big paintings of philosophy and narrative theory—already a substantial success, given the trouble of Ricoeur's textual content. despite the fact that, Dowling additionally exhibits us, occasionally explicitly, occasionally easily in the course of the manner he conducts his argument, why we should always hassle with Ricoeur—what we need to achieve from figuring out him larger than we do, although good we might imagine we all know him." —Michael wooden, Charles Barnwell Straut category of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Princeton University