Theology and Philosophy

Research Seminar- 20 June

Presenter: Claude Romano

Title: "Selfhood in Ricoeur"

Abstract: Inspired by Heidegger's Selbstheit, Ricœur's conception of selfhood (ipséité) is first of all a refusal of the Cartesian starting point of an isolated Ego, given to itself with an apodictic evidence, and preceding any relationship to any other. By contrasting sameness (or idem-identity) and selfhood (or ipse-identity), Ricœur claims that his conception can give rise to a better understanding of personal identity. This lecture tries to investigate this distinction further in order to point out some difficulties that it brings with it and to reach a new definition of selfhood, distinct from Ricœur's, but perhaps faithful to some of his intentions.