Paul Ricoeur's whole philosophical undertaking narrates a fondness for the possibleexpressed within the desire that during spite of loss of life, closure, and sedimentation, existence is opened by means of superabundance, via how the realm offers us even more than is feasible. Ricoeur's philosophical anthropology is a phenomenology of human skill, which provides onto the groundless flooring of person, specifically, God. therefore the tale of the able guy, starting with unique goodness held captive by means of a servile will and finishing with the potential of liberation and regeneration of the guts, underpins his ardour for the greater than attainable. The essays during this quantity hint the fluid circulation among phenomenological and non secular descriptions of the able self that emerges throughout Ricoeur's oeuvre and identify issues of connection for destiny advancements that will draw notion from this physique of notion.
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I propose, the problem having been set, to follow for awhile the clear and illuminating interpretation of Rene´ Girard in his famous work Violence and the Sacred (1972), then in The Scapegoat (1981) and his other works. Rene´ Girard is not satisfied with the prevailing explanation of the instinct of aggressiveness considered common to all living things. He seeks and finds a source that is properly human in the competition between two similar desires relating to the same coveted object. He calls this spring of violence, which in fact contains the seed of murder, mimetic rivalry.
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