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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 13, 2013

On the Proper Use of Phenomenology Paul Ricoeur Centenary

Annalisa Caputo
Pages 231-256
DOI: 10.7761/SP.13.231

A Second Copernican Revolution. Phenomenology of the Mutuality and Poetics of the Gift in the last Ricœur

Most scholars point out that Ricœur’s itinerary ends with a “phenomenology of the capable human being”. In this paper, I will try to propose a different hypothesis and explain why Ricœur’s last writings can be considered the starting point of a second Copernican revolution within phenomenology. A revolution of both method (from the analytic to the a-logical) and contents (from the theme of intersubjectivity to the theme of “giving” and loving), which, already in the Preface of Le volontaire et l’involontaire, Ricœur wished could follow after the first revolution of the reflexive phenomenology: a hermeneutic poetic phenomenology that develops the project that the early Ricœur had drafted, but not completed in the 1950s. This is the project of a Poetics of the Gift, in which is hidden, in my opinion, the fecundity of Ricœurian philosophy and the possibility for it to become paradigmatic for the philosophy to come.

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