Date of Award

Fall 1972

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The most important aspect of this paper, it must be confessed, is a certain, if indefinable, mental transposition that occurred in the writer over the several weeks and months of preparation. The following text, burdened by all of the usual limitations of a short presentation, bears the marks of an expanding appreciation of the intensity and scope of Ricoeur's philosophical project. But the reflective method of that project speaks more directly to the student who engages it. And the words it speaks are a call to participate in courage and humility: courage to open oneself, humility to recognize limits. It seems impossible to appreciate Ricoeur's approach to self-understanding without identifying these polarities as the tension of~ participation in Being.