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Selfhood As The Locus Of The Tragic In Paul Ricoeur’S Soi-Même Comme Un Autre

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Starting point of this chapter?s inquiry into the tragic dimension of human existence is the excursion - Paul Ricœur calls it an ?interlude? - entitled ?Le tragique de l?action? in chapter nine of his major work Soi-même comme un autre. The question concerning the resurgence of the tragic in the experience of selfhood seems to lead us back to the question how the narrative of the modern novel is constitutive for the concept of personal identity. It must be possible to relate the tragic to modern narrative and to reinterpret it with this condition in mind in order to clarify how selfhood is affected by the experience of the tragic. What is at stake here is nothing less than the condition of the appearance of the tragic within the limits of the modern condition of selfhood. Before addressing this question, the chapter examines the ambiguity characteristic of Ricœur?s approach.

Keywords: Paul Ricœur; personal identity; selfhood; Soi-même comme un autre; tragic



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