My Father Was Not My Father: An Attempted Understanding Thorough a Ricoeurian Lens
Keywords:hermeneutics, existential, narrative self
In my PhD studies I was honoured to have been introduced to the scholar Paul Ricoeur, whose work became central to my dissertation topic.Â In this paper, I share the ways in which Ricoeurâ€™s conceptualizations of hermeneutic application to the human existence came to life for me.Â I use an existential event, discovering non-biological parentage, to bring forth my understanding of these concepts.Â Ricoeurâ€™s solicitation of the hermeneutic practice allowed me to see family events in a new light.Â It is my hope through my application of Ricoeurâ€™s work that others will interpret existential life events in new and exciting ways.
Keywords: narrative-identity, Ricoeur, self-understanding, temporality
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