The work of Paul Ricoeur can be regarded as a faithful expression of the philosophy of the 20 th century and as the paradigmatic exponent of a new philosophical character for the 21 st century. Without belonging to any particular school, Ricoeur discusses a wide range of philosophical topics, with many of his insights prophetic indeed. This book demonstrates that there is no single interpretation of Ricoeur's philosophy, which can describe his way of thinking. Rather, it offers the reader a chance to read Ricoeur as a guide for a human enveloped in the experience of life and being. Exploring Paul Ricoeur in his life circumstances through war, the academy, and his relationships, as well as through his works and his own words, this volume gives a complete picture of the many aspects of one man and the legacy he left behind.
Marcelino Agís Villaverde (1963), Prof. of Phil. at U. of Santiago de Compostela, studied with Paul Ricoeur and holds distinguished academic posts in Europe, USA, and Japan.