Time and Narrative, Volume 1
by Paul Ricoeur, translated by Kathleen McLaughlin and David Pellauer
University of Chicago Press, 1984
Cloth: 978-0-226-71331-1 | Paper: 978-0-226-71332-8 | Electronic: 978-0-226-71351-9
DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226713519.001.0001
ABOUT THIS BOOKAUTHOR BIOGRAPHYTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Time and Narrative builds on Paul Ricoeur's earlier analysis, in The Rule of Metaphor, of semantic innovation at the level of the sentence. Ricoeur here examines the creation of meaning at the textual level, with narrative rather than metaphor as the ruling concern.

Ricoeur finds a "healthy circle" between time and narrative: time is humanized to the extent that it portrays temporal experience. Ricoeur proposes a theoretical model of this circle using Augustine's theory of time and Aristotle's theory of plot and, further, develops an original thesis of the mimetic function of narrative. He concludes with a comprehensive survey and critique of modern discussions of historical knowledge, understanding, and writing from Aron and Mandelbaum in the late 1930s to the work of the Annales school and that of Anglophone philosophers of history of the 1960s and 1970s.

"This work, in my view, puts the whole problem of narrative, not to mention philosophy of history, on a new and higher plane of discussion."—Hayden White, History and Theory

"Superb. . . . A fine point of entrance into the work of one of the eminent thinkers of the present intellectual age."—Joseph R. Gusfield, Contemporary Sociology

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Paul Ricoeur is the John Nuveen Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School, professor of philosophy, and a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He was for many years dean of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences at the University of Paris X (Nanterre).

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Part I. The Circle of Narrative and Temporality

1. The Aporias of the Experience of Time: Book 11 of Augustine's Confessions

2. Emplotment: A Reading of Aristotle's Poetics

3. Time and Narrative: Threefold Mimesis

Part II: History and Narrative

4. The Eclipse of Narrative

5. Defenses of Narrative

6. Historical Intentionality

Conclusions

Notes

Index