Paul ricœur: traços do religioso numa filosofia sem absoluto

Translated title of the contribution: Paul ricœur: traces of the religious in a philosophy without absolute

Gonçalo Marcelo*

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This paper assesses the ways in which Transcendence and the question of God appear in the philosophy of Paul Ricœur. Taking stock of the debate on the theological turn of French phenomenology, the paper aims to show the unique position held by Ricœur among French phenomenology and hermeneutics, in that in spite of his Christian faith, Ricœur strove to put forward a philosophy of limits ‘without absolute’ while, at the same time, developing inquiries in phenomenology and hermeneutics of religion. The paper follows the development of Ricœur’s thought on this matter, from his early phenomenological works, through the hermeneutical turn and until the essay of fundamental anthropology of Oneself as Another, unpacking the Kantian and Hegelian influences, the approach on religion ‘within the limits of reason alone’ and also the way in which the Kantian undertones of hermeneutics as philosophy of finitude at the same time open the space to hope and imagination. Ricœur’s philosophy therefore appears as a rigorous descriptive and interpretive effort that strives not to mix the genres of discourse, while, at the same time, we can still find some ethical and supra-ethical traits in his practical philosophy that do stem from his Christian faith – but whose status is inspirational and therefore does not dent the overall theoretical framework of his philosophy of limits.
Translated title of the contributionPaul ricœur: traces of the religious in a philosophy without absolute
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)1027-1056
Number of pages30
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • French phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Religious belief
  • Ricœur


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