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Ricoeur's Critical Hermeneutics and the Psychotherapeutic Model of Critical Theory

21 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2008  

Francis Joseph Mootz III

University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

Date Written: December 15, 2008

Abstract

This paper was presented at an international conference entitled, "After Ricoeur: An Interdisciplinary Conference," in Oklahoma City in October, 2006. I contend that Ricoeur's famous mediation of the contest between Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics and Habermas's critical theory is one of his enduring legacies, but that his intervention can be clarified and extended by separating it from the Freudian context he developed in "Freud and Philosophy" and embracing postmodern accounts of psychotherapeutic practice.

Keywords: Paul Ricoeur, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jurgen Habermas, critical theory, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, hermeneutics, philosophical hermeneutics, critical hermeneutics

Suggested Citation

Mootz, Francis Joseph, Ricoeur's Critical Hermeneutics and the Psychotherapeutic Model of Critical Theory (December 15, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1315996 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1315996

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