The topic of revelation is fundamental to any account of religious experience, playing a special role in the Judeo-Christian tradition where the texts of Scripture are regarded as revealed. Yet, any reflection on the revealed status of a given message or text requires interpretation. Paul Ricœur, one of the most important hermeneutic philosophers of the twentieth century, provides crucial insights on how such interpretation might proceed and what it might mean for texts to be revealed. Edited by Christina M. Gschwandtner, Paul Ricoeur, Philosophical Hermeneutics, and the Question of Revelation brings together major scholars of Ricœur’s work on the topic of revelation, showing both the role it already plays in his work and how his thinking might be taken further. Several contributors trace the development of his thought in regard to the concept of revelation. Others discuss the revelatory dimensions of Ricœur’s hermeneutics of the self, especially for such issues as identity, trauma, and forgiveness. Several contributions also place his work in conversation with that of other seminal thinkers on the topic of revelation, such as Karl Barth and Paul Tillich.
Christina M. Gschwandtner teaches continental philosophy of religion at Fordham University.
Introduction by Christina M. Gschwandtner
Part I: The Question of Revelation in Ricœur’s Work
Chapter 1: From the “Revealed” to the “Revealing”: Uses of the Notion of Revelation in the Philosophy of Paul Ricœur by Daniel Frey
Chapter 2: Thinking Revelation: A Catholic Reading of Paul Ricœur’s Philosophy of Revelation by Knut Wenzel
Chapter 3: Hermeneutics Beyond Suspicion: Meaning-making and Trust in Language by Gonçalo Marcelo
Part II: Revelation and the Question of the Self
Chapter 4: The Poetics of the Self: On the Three Levels of Transformation in Ricœur’s Account of Faith by Samuel Underwood
Chapter 5: The Poetics of Forgiveness at the Limit in Ricœur’s Thought by Sónia da Silva Monteiro
Chapter 6: The Discourse of Revelation: Ricœur’s Hermeneutics Untangles Trauma, Dependence, and Love by Stephanie N. Arel
Chapter 7: The Self of Revelation in Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricœur by Otniel A. Kish
Part III: Ricœur in Conversation on the Question of Revelation
Chapter 8: Revelation from the Ground Up: Embodied Hermeneutics by Dan R. Stiver
Chapter 9: Preserving the Mystery: Paul Ricœur and Paul Tillich on Revelation by Nicola Stricker
Chapter 10: Meaning and Persons: The Ontology of the Word as Revelation by Brian Gregor
This book marks a welcome new engagement with Ricoeur's philosophy of religion. It convenes leading hermeneutic scholars in a fascinating exploration of the origins and implications of Ricoeur's thinking about revelation.
‘Revelation’: this key-note of many religions cannot be compared to a regolith miraculously collected from the surface of an asteroid and brought safely to earth for recovery by theologians. Christina Gschwandter’s introduction and the following essays not only highlight Ricœur’s rejection of a monolithic and univocal concept of divine revelation and his life-long philosophical plea for a polyphonic and polysemic understanding, grounded upon the biblical texts, but also explore new issues regarding selfhood, forgiveness and resilience. In our world where the temptation of despair lurks everywhere, this book gives a new actuality to the question: ‘What may we hope for?’”
Hermeneutics was traditionally concerned with the interpretation of sacred texts. This fine volume shows how Ricoeur stands in this tradition through his careful readings of the Bible. If he heeds the call of Karl Barth by taking revelation seriously, he tends to follow Rudolf Bultmann in his hermeneutic appropriation of revelation in which he recognizes texts that can be called revealed to the extent that they are revealing and revelatory about the human condition. This volume is itself most revealing in that it helps us understand how for Ricoeur, and our time more generally, religious symbols and narratives can give rise to thought.