PG 702 Paul Ricoeur: Emergent Sources for Theology II

Module Level


Time Allowance

Semester 2: Alternate Mondays 4.00pm – 6.00pm, beginning the 4 February 2019


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, 10 May 2019, 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

This course will continue the exploration of the work of Paul Ricoeur begun in the First Semester. The primary aim of this course is to read and discuss a selection of texts from the oeuvre of Paul Ricoeur that has a direct bearing on issues in Fundamental Theology. An ancillary aim is to prepare an article for possible publication in a theological journal.

Whereas, ideally, this module is to be taken as a continuation of the equivalent module from the first semester, it may be taken on its own.

Semester 2: Alternate Mondays 4.00pm – 6.00pm, beginning the 4 February 2019

Learning Outcomes

  • To be familiar with and have an understanding of key terms, arguments, and issues in Ricoeur's work that will include phenomenology and hermeneutics, intentionality and meaning, history and text, subjectivity and identity, the self and the other, proximity and distance, time and narrative, revelation and prophecy, 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: University of Chicago Press, 2013.


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