A interpretação da criação segundo Paul Ricoeur

Michel Renaud

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The theme The interpretation of the Creation according to Paul Ricoeur is divided into two parts. The first part succinctly analyses Ricoeur’s initial project (1.1), aiming at understanding the author’s motivation for the study of the question of evil from a hermeneutic perspective. This path leads to the myths surrounding evil, among them the myth of Adam and Eve (1.2) – already widely known, this interpretation is not an object of analysis here. Following this is a brief general reflection on the concepts of beginning, nothingness and creation (1.3), as well as on the knowledge of God within the philosophy of religion (1.4). The second part delves into the core of the issue, by commenting closely on the first two sections of Paul Ricoeur’s “Thinking the Creation”, included in the book Penser la Bible (1998). This interpretation is focused on the two themes: the creation as an act of separation (2.1); and the creation as an act of foundation (2.2). Among other things, the challenge consists of thinking of time in association with the theory of ‘founding events’.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)151-172
Number of pages22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Paul Ricoeur
  • Philosophy of will
  • Symbols of evil
  • Creation
  • Beginning
  • Separation
  • Founding events
  • Founding narratives
  • Mythical time and empirical time
  • Precedence and antecedence

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