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Constructing Ricoeur’s Hermeneutical Theory of Truth

Mei, Todd (2016) Constructing Ricoeur’s Hermeneutical Theory of Truth. In: Davidson, Scott and Vallée, Marc-Antoine Vallée, eds. Hermeneutics and Phenomenology in Paul Ricoeur: Between Text and Phenomenon. Contributions to Hermeneutics (1). Springer, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, pp. 197-215. ISBN 978-3-319-33424-0. E-ISBN 978-3-319-33426-4. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-33426-4) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:58335)

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While there are several moments throughout his career when Ricoeur devotes attention to the problem of truth—for example, in History and Truth, his conception of manifestation in his biblical hermeneutics, and when discussing convictions and non-epistemological beliefs in Oneself as Another—a more unified theory is never formulated. This can be seen as a somewhat odd omission given the emphasis he places on a hermeneutical form of reasoning. What is a theory of reasoning without a theory of truth? The aim of this chapter is to construct a theory of truth from various texts that span Ricoeur’s career. I begin by situating Ricoeur between Heidegger’s notion of truth as disclosure and MacIntyre’s view that truth is monolithic. I examine how fragility acts as the founding concept for a Ricoeurian theory of truth, which I describe as a kind of “holistic fallibilism.” The core of his theory is ethically grounded as opposed to emphasizing ontological disclosure, consistency of beliefs with a metaphysical principle, or the analysis of the reasonableness of statements/propositions.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-319-33426-4
Uncontrolled keywords: truth, fallibilism, holism, belief, unity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Todd Mei
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 12:02 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 12:21 UTC
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