Monday, May 23, 2005

Paul Ricoeur Dead.

The greatest philosopher of the 20th Century, if not any century, passed away on May 20th.

Despite his being French – and two words I normally never want to hear in a paragraph, much less a sentence are, philosopher and French - Paul Ricoeur had a better understanding of the human animal than anyone I have ever read.

If you want a real intellectual 'E' ticket ride - tackle (and that is the appropriate verb) his two greatest works, both written while he was teaching at the University of Chicago, The Rule of Metaphor and the three-volume Time and Narrative.

Your mind will be left spinning for years.

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