By William C. Dowling
“The item of this book,” writes William C. Dowling in his preface, “is to make the main recommendations of Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative on hand to readers who may need felt bewildered through the twists and turns of its argument.” The assets of puzzlement are, he notes, many. For a few, it truly is Ricoeur’s famously oblique type of presentation, within which the polarities of argument and exegesis appear so frequently and so unexpectedly to have reversed themselves. For others, it's the striking 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 built 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 procedure. An appendix offers his English translation of a private interview during which Ricoeur, having accomplished Time and Narrative, looks again over his lengthy profession as an across the world well known thinker. Ricoeur on Time and Narrative communicates to readers the highbrow pleasure of following Ricoeur’s dismantling of verified 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 ancient explanation—while coming to work out how, lower than the strain of Ricoeur’s research, those rules are reconstituted and printed in a brand new set of family members to at least one another.
"The scholarship in William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is impeccable; Dowling understands Ricoeur inside of out. He highlights Ricoeur's most vital arguments, provides them in a limpid, concise language, and hyperlinks them to the appropriate 19th- and twentieth-century philosophical advancements. Dowling's booklet presents us with a lucid, intelligible model of Ricoeur's significant paintings, one who might be of substantial value to philosophers, historians, and literary theorists." —Thomas Pavel, Gordon J. Laing exceptional provider Professor of French Literature, and the Committee on Social idea, collage of Chicago
"William C. Dowling's Ricoeur on Time and Narrative is a sophisticated and remarkably well-sustained piece of labor. It offers a close advent to a massive paintings of philosophy and narrative theory—already a substantial fulfillment, given the trouble of Ricoeur's textual content. notwithstanding, Dowling additionally exhibits us, occasionally explicitly, occasionally easily in the course of the approach he conducts his argument, why we must always trouble with Ricoeur—what we need to achieve from figuring out him larger than we do, besides the fact that good we might imagine we all know him." —Michael wooden, Charles Barnwell Straut type of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Princeton University