Hannah Arendt

by yudaica2013 ·

According to the French philosopher, the question which suggests the impersonality of the event while the question by the who indicates the action agent. Like Hannah Arendt and Charles Taylor, Ricoeur argues that the reference to the who of the action involves the temporal dimension of human existence (Ricoeur, 2003, 107), since the agent of action has a history which is evident a narrative identity that consists of reality and fiction. This means that all identity at which an agent brings a history of fragments in which reality and fiction intertwined until not knowing which is which, put that you stories of life are always subject to interpretation. The identity of itself implies something stable. According to Ricoeur, this stable is the character which designates all durable provisions in which we recognize a person (Ricoeur, 2003, 115). Character, you might say, is identified with the character of a narrated story to be the means by which we recognize that character. The identity is not something given, but it is something that is built in relation to the plot.

The plot, the contents of the narrated story, also has an identity and this has supremacy over the identity of the character, because the identity of the character is due to the identity of history, to its coherence. (Cf. Ricoeur, 2003, 149) In terms of life stories, it can be said that the life history of each also belongs to the history of life of others, i.e., the stories of each depictions in the other. For Ricoeur whole episodes of my life are part of the history of the life of others, my parents, my friends, my colleagues from work and leisure. What we have said before practices, relations of learning, cooperation and competition involving those, confirms this interweaving of the history of each one with the history of many others. (Ricoeur, 2003, 163) This emphasizes the historical character of the self and narrative shape in which it builds its identity.

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