PG 700 Paul Ricoeur: Emergent Sources for Theology I

Module Level


Time Allowance

First Semester: Alternate Mondays 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm, beginning 1st October 2018


To qualify for assessment full attendance is expected at all sessions and assigned readings are to be completed before each session. Participants are required to prepare at least one set text for discussion at a given session and, then, write a short summary of the recapture that follows in the subsequent session. A final paper is to be submitted on an agreed topic by 1.00 pm, Friday, 21 December 2018, which is to be no more than 5,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography), and which should follow strictly the standard presentation guidelines. Your final grade will include recognition of all written material and participation in discussion (80% final paper, 20% other written texts and participation).

Module Aims

The primary aim of this course is to read, discuss, and understand a selection of texts from the oeuvre of Paul Ricoeur that has a direct bearing on issues in Fundamental Theology. An ancillary (and optional) aim is to prepare an article for possible publication in a theological journal.

First Semester: Alternate Mondays 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm, beginning 1st October 2018.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an appreciation of Paul Ricoeur's work in so much as it makes a major contribution to issues in the relationship between contemporary culture and religion.
  • Be familiar with key terms, arguments, and issues from the Ricoeur oeuvre that will include phenomenology and hermeneutics, intentionality and meaning, history and text, subjectivity and identity, the self and the other, time and narrative, revelation and prophecy, the Bible, the conflict of interpretations, just institutions, and radical evil.


  • Ricoeur, P., History and Truth, trans. Charles A. Kebley, Evanston: Northwestern Univ. Press, 1965.
  • Ricoeur, P., The Conflict of Interpretations: Essays in Hermeneutics, ed. Don Ihde Evanston: Northwestern Univ. Press, 1974.
  • Ricoeur, P., The Rule of Metaphor: Multi-Disciplinary Studies of the Creation of Meaning in Language, trans. Robert Czerny with Kathleen McLaughlin and John Costello, Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 1977.
  • Ricoeur, P., Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the Surplus of Meaning, Fort Worth: Texas Christian Univ. Press, 1976.
  • Ricoeur, P., Time and Narrative, vol. 1, trans. Kathleen McLaughlin and David Pellauer, London: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1984.
  • Ricoeur, P., Time and Narrative, vol. 3, [Recounted Time], trans. Kathleen Blamey and David Pellauer, London: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1985.
  • Ricoeur, P., From Text to Action: Essays in Hermeneutics, II, trans. Kathleen Blamey and John B. Thompson, Evanston: Northwestern Univ. Press, 1991.
  • Ricoeur, P., Oneself as Another, trans. Kathleen Blamey, London: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1992.
  • Ricoeur, P., Figuring the Sacred: Religion, Narrative, and Imagination, trans. David Pellauer, ed. Mark I. Wallace, Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.
  • Ricoeur, P, and LaCoque, A., Thinking Biblically: Exegetical and Hermeneutical Studies, trans. David Pellauer, London: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1998.
  • Ricoeur, P., Critique and Conviction: Conversations with François Azouvi and Marc de Launay, trans. Kathleen Blamey, Cambridge: Polity, 1998.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations. 8th ed. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2013.


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