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By Ricœur, Paul; Venema, Henry Isaac; Ricœur, Paul; Treanor, Brian

Paul Ricoeur's complete philosophical venture narrates a keenness for the possibleexpressed within the wish that during spite of dying, closure, and sedimentation, lifestyles is opened through superabundance, by means of how the area supplies us even more than is feasible. Ricoeur's philosophical anthropology is a phenomenology of human potential, which supplies onto the groundless flooring of individual, specifically, God. hence the tale of the able guy, starting with unique goodness held captive by means of a servile will and finishing with the opportunity of liberation and regeneration of the center, underpins his ardour for the greater than attainable. The essays during this quantity hint the fluid circulation among phenomenological and spiritual descriptions of the able self that emerges throughout Ricoeur's oeuvre and identify issues of connection for destiny advancements that will draw proposal from this physique of proposal

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This way, it is the right to the error that I recognize; but at this stage I am within myself torn between truth, which I believe I hold unilaterally, and justice, which is a recognition of the other, but on another level than that of truth. I would say that the principle of justice invoked here can be formulated in these terms: every other life is worth as much as mine. But justice then slices into truth. I take one more step in the direction of a deepening of my relationship with my opposition, my rival in belief.

The stakes shared by both poles of this duality are those of personal identity. I identify myself by my capacities, by what I can do. The individual designates himself as a capable human being—and we must add, as a suffering human being—to underscore the vulnerability of the human condition. Capacities can be observed from outside, but they are fundamentally felt, lived in the mode of certainty. The latter is not a belief, considered a lesser degree of knowledge. It is rather a confident assurance, akin to testimony.

A human agent is held to be the genuine author of his acts, regardless of the force of organic and physical causes. Imputability, assumed by the agent, makes him responsible, capable of ascribing to himself his portion of the consequences. If harm is done to others, the way is opened to reparation and to final sanction. Promising is possible on this basis. The subject commits himself by his word and says that he will do what he says. The promise limits the unpredictability of the future, at the risk of betrayal.

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