Ricoeur's Account of Tradition and the Gadamer–Habermas Debate
Author: Piercey, Robert
Source: Human Studies, Volume 27, Number 3, 2004 , pp. 259-280(22)
Abstract:While it is clear that the Gadamer–Habermas debate has had a major influence on Paul Ricoeur, his commentators have had little to say about the nature of this influence. I try to remedy this silence by showing that Ricoeur's account of tradition is a direct response to the Gadamer–Habermas debate. First, I briefly explain the debate's importance and describe Ricoeur's reaction to it. Next, I show how his discussion of tradition in Time and Narrative steers a middle course between Gadamerian hermeneutics and Habermasian Ideologiekritik. Finally, I raise some critical questions about the adequacy of Ricoeur's middle course. Specifically, I argue that it rests on an implausible distinction between the form and the content of tradition.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Campion College, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 0A2, Canada., Email: email@example.com
Publication date: 2004-01-01