Feminist Explorations of Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophy

Feminist Explorations of Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophy, edited by Annemie Halsema and Fernanda Henriques, is the newest volume in the Ricoeur series published by Lexington Books. It offers an important array of essays exploring the potential interrelation between Ricoeur’s thought and feminist themes. Although Ricoeur did not himself address feminist arguments, the collection shows the many important insights that can be gained by considering the relevance of themes in Ricoeur – such as recognition, attestation, negation, the relational self, and hospitality — to feminist thought. At the same time feminist reflection extends Ricoeur’s own reflections on these topics in fruitful ways. Other articles show the mutual benefit of interrelating Ricoeur with such prominent feminists as Judith Butler, Nancy Fraser, Simone de Beauvoir, and Mary.  One essay innovatively calls for an intersectional hermeneutics.  The contributors demonstrate the international conversation in Ricoeur studies as they hail from seven countries. The book follows on an issue of Études Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies (volume 4:1) also dedicated to feminist examination of Ricoeur. Co-editor Annemie Halsema is a Ricoeur Society Director.

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