Transcending the Duality of Body and Language: Ricoeur's Notion of Narrative Identity

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Abstract

In this chapter, I demonstrate that Ricoeur's philosophical anthropology does not imply a simple opposition between embodiment as immanence and linguistic capacities that include the possibility of transcendence, but that human beings are hybrids, two-at-once. For Ricoeur's notion of narrative identity this means that it is not a facet of a person's identity, the story of our lives, but the identity of humans born into a world of language that precedes and envelops them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaul Ricoeur and the Lived Body
EditorsRoger W. H. Savage
Place of PublicationLanham
PublisherLexington Books
Chapter1
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781793605986
ISBN (Print)9781793605979
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur
PublisherLexington books

Keywords

  • narrative identity
  • body

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