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  • Fonds Ricœur Summer Closing 2020


    The Fonds Ricœur is currently closed to the public.
    It is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, September 1 at the usual times (Tuesday to Friday, 2 to 5 p.m.).

    It is not possible to reach us by phone during this time, but the phone service will resume on Monday, August 24.

    You can nevertheless leave a message on the answering machine.

    The librarian in charge of the Fonds Ricoeur's documentary resources remains available by e-mail until July 31, and will be available again from August 24. Contact:

    To keep you informed of the latest news from the IPT Paris Documentation Centre and the health conditions of the recovery, please consult the home page of the online catalogue.

  • Books recently received at Fonds Ricœur - 2020


    Paul Ricoeur's idea of reference : the truth as non-reference, Sanja Ivic, Leiden, Boston, Brill Rodopi, 2019.


    This book investigates the importance of Ricoeur’s hermeneutics and poetics in rethinking humanities. In particular, Ricoeur’s insights on reference as refiguration and his idea of interpretation as a triadic process (which consists of mimesis 1 – prefiguration, mimesis 2 – configuration, and mimesis 3 – refiguration) will be applied to philosophy of science and to literary and historical texts. It will be shown that Ricoeur’s idea of emplotment can be extended and applied to scientific, literary and historical texts. This multidisciplinary research will include philosophy of science, metaphysics, hermeneutics, and literary theory.


    Presentation in the library's catalog





    Books recently received at Fonds Ricœur - 2020


    Ricoeur's hermeneutics of religion: rebirth of the capable self, Brian Gregor, Lanham, Lexington books, 2019.


    "In this important new book, Brian Gregor gives a comprehensive account of Paul Ricoeur's philosophy of religion, which focuses on the regeneration of human capability. Gregor documents the thinkers, movements, and themes that shaped Ricoeur's thought and gives a critical examination of Ricoeur's philosophical interpretation of religion"--


    Presentation in the library's catalog




    Books recently received at Fonds Ricœur - 2020


    Ricoeur and the third discourse of the person: from philosophy and neuroscience to psychiatry and theology,  Michael T. H. Wong, Lanham (Md.),  Lexington books, 2019.


    This book is about the so called “4S” challenge – how does or can or should someone say something to someone about something? This challenge is getting more intense day by day in our contemporary globalized world, increasingly connected by science and technology through telecommunication and all sorts of social media, where people are acutely aware of the diverse views on culture, politics, economics, religion, ethics, education, physical health and mental wellbeing, which are very often in conflicts with each other. This book arises from the reading of the dialogue between two internationally renowned and respected French scholars, Jean-Pierre Changeux and Paul Ricoeur, What Makes Us Think? A Neuroscientist and a Philosopher Argue about Ethics, Human Nature, and the Brain, which explores where science and philosophy meet, and whether there is a place for religion in the 21st century. This book develops on the ideas Ricoeur raised in the dialogue about the need for “digging deeper” and a “third discourse” as a way forward to improve dialogues between competing worldviews and ideologies. It attempts to formulate a “third discourse” (as distinct from ordinary language as “first discourse” and various scientific or professional/specialist languages as “second discourse”) to address the burning issue of fragmentation of the person through overcoming the alienations between established discourses of philosophy, science and theology, without doing injustice to the unique and indispensable contributions of each of these discourses. It argues that such a “third discourse” has to go beyond dualism and reductionism. To achieve that, this new way of talking about the lived experience of the person is going to take the form of a non-reductive correlative multilayered discourse that has the capacity to, as expressed in the language of the hermeneutics of Ricoeur, “explain more in order to understand better.”


    Presentation in the library's catalog


  • Études Ricœuriennes/Ricœur Studies (Vol 11, N°1, 2020)


    The last issue of Études Ricœuriennes/Ricœur Studies (Vol 11, N°1, 2020) 

    is now available online.


    It is entitled :


    “Paul Ricœur: The Challenges of the Language”

    The volume was edited by Philippe Lacour, guest editor.





    Books recently received at Fonds Ricœur - 2020


    Ideology and utopia in the twenty-first century : the surplus of meaning in Ricoeur's dialectical concept, Stephanie N. Arel and Dan R. Stiver (Eds.), London, New York,  Lexington books, 2019


    Table of content : Part I : Re-encountering Ricoeur. "Ricoeur and the political" / John Arthos ; "Surplus value, superabundance of meaning : ideology, the political paradox, and the structure of action" / Roger W. H. Savage ; "Renewing the 'Period of effervescence' : utopia as ideology critique" / Dan R. Stiver. Part II : Ricoeur in dialogue. "Metaphor and imagination : a comparative study of Ricoeur and Ibn 'Arabi through 'Seeing as'" / Recep Alpyağil ; "Holding open a place for possibility : Paul Ricoeur, Fredric Jameson and the language of utopia" / Linda Lee Cox. Part III : Ricoeur and embodied social critique. "Social imagination, materiality and political discourse" / Nel van den Haak ; "Embodied extremist rhetoric : the circulation of power in ideology and utopia" / Stephanie N. Arel. Part IV : Expanding Ricoeur. "Rethinking migratory phenomena : between critique of ideology and utopia of hospitality" / Annalisa Caputo ; "Real utopian politics" / Greg S. Johnson ; "Why ideology and utopia today ?" / George H. Taylor.


    Presentation in the library's catalog


    Books recently received at Fonds Ricœur - 2020


    Hermeneutics after Ricoeur, John Arthos, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.


    There has been renaissance of interest in the work and thought of Paul Ricoeur, one of the great hermeneutic scholars of the twentieth century. Marginalized much of his life by more popular currents of critical and analytic thought, Ricoeur worked both out of sync with, and ahead of, his time. His characterization of intellectual culture as a battle between the masters of suspicion and the masters of faith has become the dominant frame of continental thought; yet his vast body of work is still a relatively untapped resource for theorists, critics, and educators in the humanities. It is time to assess the future landscape for hermeneutics as a scholarly field and an educational curriculum after the momentous impact of Paul Ricoeur, who extended and deepened its trans-disciplinary reach, and pushed its profile substantially beyond its German legacy. There tends to be the misunderstanding that his thought is simply an extension or revision of Heidegger and Gadamer. Hermeneutics After Ricoeur ably sets out the differences and tensions, establishing the originality of Ricoeurs thought and its application beyond hermeneutic studies, with a thematic focus on education, the humanities, and the liberal arts. It will be of use in conversations around curricular reform in the modern university, and for anyone seeking the political and practical applications of philosophy.


    Presentation in the library's catalog


  • Postponed to 2021


    Fourth edition of the Fonds Ricœur's Summer Workshop co-organized with the Society for Ricœur Studies: “The Rule of Metaphor.”

    Due to recent developments in the health situation concerning the prolonged closure of the borders of the Schengen Area and many countries abroad, the fourth edition of the Summer Workshop, which was scheduled to take place in June 2020, has been postponed to June 2021.  The theme will be maintained. A new call for proposals will be launched in December 2020.


    Nouveautés / Livres reçus au Fonds Ricœur - 1er trimestre 2020


    Concentric space as a life principle beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur : inclusion of the other, Paul Downes (Ed.), London, New York, Routledge, 2020.


    Concentric Space as a Life Principle beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur invites a fresh vision of human experience and search for life meanings in terms of potential openings through relational space. Offering a radical spatial rereading of foundational ideas of influential thinkers Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur, it argues that these ideas can be rethought for a more fundamental understanding of life, self and other.


    This book offers a radical reconceptualisation of space as an animating principle for life through common, although previously hidden, features across the thought of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricoeur. It offers a fresh spatial interpretation of key themes in these thinkers’ works, such as compassion, will to life, Dionysian rapture, will to power, selfovercoming, re-valuation of values, eternal recurrence, living metaphor and intersubjectivity. It proposes a spatial restructuring of experience from diametric spaces of exclusion towards concentric spaces of inclusion for an experiential restructuring towards unifying modes of experience. This spatial rereading of these major figures in philosophy directly challenges many previous understandings, to offer a distinctive spatial-phenomenological framework for examining a life principle.


    This book will appeal to academics, researchers and postgraduates engaged in the study of philosophy, wellbeing, education and human development. The book’s interdisciplinary scope ensures that it is also of interest for those in the fields of psychology, anthropology, psychoanalysis and culture studies.


    Presentation in the library's catalog




    Books recently received at Fonds Ricœur - 2020


    Reading after Ricoeur, Cristal Huang (Ed), Taïwan, Soochow university, 2018.


    Avec des contributions de Roger W.H. Savage, Morny Joy, George H. Taylor, Olivier Abel.


    Presentation in the library's catalog



  • Books recently received at Fonds Ricœur - 2020


    A companion to Ricoeur's fallible man, Scott Davidson (Ed.), Lanham, Lexington books, 2019.


    Table des matières : "The Kantian architecture of Ricoeur's Fallible man" / Scott Davidson. Part I : Historical influences. "Imagination and religion : the myth of innocence in Fallible man" / Daniel Frey ; "Karl Jaspers : the clarification of existence" / Jérôme Porée ; "Reflection, the body, and fallibility : the mysterious influence of Marcel in Ricoeur's Fallible man" / Brian Gregor ; "The limitation of the ethical vision of the world : the influence of Jean Nabert" / Scott Davidson. Part II : Thematic avenues. "The imagination : from ideation to innocence" / Luz Ascárate ; "Making sense of (moral) things : Fallible man in relation to enactivism" / Geoffrey Dierckxsens ; "The self is embodied and discursive : tracing the phenomenological background of Ricoeur's narrative transformed the notion of character of Fallible man" / Pol Vandevelde ; "The quest of recognizing one's self" / Timo Helenius ; "Finitude, culpability, and suffering : the question of evil in Ricoeur" / Jean-Luc Amalric.


    Presentation in the library's catalog


  • Workshop : Interpreting Technology. Ricœur on Philosophy and Ethics of Technology


    Friday 13 March 2020


    Due to the curent health situation, the workshop has been canceled and wil be re-scheduled.


    Organisers :


    Alberto Romele | Lille Catholic University; Mark Coeckelbergh | University of Vienna; Wessel Reijers | European University Institute; Jean-François Houle | Fonds Ricœur (EHESS et U. Laval);   Monica Gorza | Fonds Ricœur (Sorbonne Université)


    De 9.15 am à 7.45 pm - Fonds Ricœur, IPT, 83 Boulevard Arago, Paris


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  • News from the Fonds Ricoeur's team.


    After spending about ten years at Fonds Ricœur as a librarian and digital archives specialist, Olivier Villemot retired last September.

    Astrid Theveneaux, librarian at the Institute Protestant de  Théologie since 2007, has taken over at the Fonds Ricoeur and is now welcoming the researchers.



  • The 2019 Paul Ricœur Prize is awarded to Serge Audier


    The 2019 Paul Ricœur Prize is awarded to Serge Audier for his book L'âge productiviste. Hégémonie prométhéenne, brèches et alternatives écologiques, published by La Découverte.


    Created in 2011 by the Association Paul Ricœur on a biennial basis, the Paul Ricœur Prize aims to reward an author who contributes to reflection and public debate in a form that enters into dialogue with the work of Paul Ricœur.







    Fonds Ricœur wishes you a very Happy New Year 2020!


    Le Fonds Ricœur vous présente ses meilleurs vœux pour l’année 2020!


    El Fonds Ricœur les desea muchas felicidades para este Nuevo Año 2020!





  • Études Ricœuriennes/Ricœur Studies (Vol 10, N°1, 2019)



    The last issue of Etudes Ricœuriennes/Ricœur Studies (Vol 10, N°1, 2019) is now available online.


    It is entitled Philosophy of Memory

The volume was edited by Jeffrey A. Barash



  • Conference/debate : What Makes Us Think? Nature and Rule


    20 years after the exchange between Jean-Pierre Changeux and Paul Ricœur on the subject of cognitive sciences, the Paul Ricœur Association in partnership with the Fonds Ricœur invites you to a debate between Lionel Naccache, Jean-Claude Ameisen and Didier Sicard. Free admission upon registration, subject to availability. To book, please send an email to the following address:


    The conference will be held in French.

    Thursday 19th December 2019 - 6pm.

    IPT, 83 Boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France


  • Conference « Paul Tillich and Paul Ricœur in dialogue ». 24-26 June 2019




    The conference « Paul Tillich and Paul Ricœur in dialogue » will take place in Paris on June 24-26 2019 at Institut protestant de théologie, 83 Bd Arago, Paris. The event is jointly organized by association Paul Tillich d’expression française (APTEF) and Fonds Ricœur.


    The full program is now available.


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  •                 Third edition of the Summer Workshops co-organised by the Fonds Ricœur and the Society for Ricœur Studies - Paris June 17-21, 2019


    Abstracts: here



    Summer Workshop 2019


    Call for papers



    The Association Paul Ricœur proposed four sponsorships for 200 euros each to participate in the Paris Summer Workshop "Ricœur reading Freud".



    The Fondation Goélands will be presenting an Award of Excellence as part of this year’s Summer Workshops at the Fonds Ricœur. All doctoral or post-doctoral researchers who are admitted to present a paper at the 2019 edition of the Summer Workshops and who wish to apply are eligible for this award. A sum of 1000 euros will reward the best paper. The Award will be delivered on 21 June 2019 and the winning paper will be published in the journal Etudes ricœuriennes / Ricœur Studies.

    The text of the paper must be sent before 1 June 2019 to:


    President of the jury: Jean-Luc Amalric, 
    Jury members: Daniel Frey, Geoffrey Dierckxsens, Jeanne-Marie Gagnebin, Morny Joy