Le Fondement Ontologique du Récit Selon Ricoeur: Mimesis, Dette et Attestation
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I examine the problem of what Ricœur calls représentance, which is a stand-in narratives offer of what took place (in the case of historical narratives) or actions (in the case of the re-telling of what people did). Ricœur rejects as insufficient two naïve options: first, a simple adequacy between what took place and the historical narrative about it and, second, a simple heterogeneity between them so that historical narratives would be mere “possible versions” of what took place. I explore further why Ricœur brought into consideration the attitude of the one offering the narrative, what he calls a “being-in-debt” or “attestation”. I then offer an assessment of Ricœur’s success in still claiming that what actually happened serves as the ultimate referent of the narratives given of the past event or the action.
Vandevelde, Pol, "Le Fondement Ontologique du Récit Selon Ricoeur: Mimesis, Dette et Attestation" (2013). Philosophy Faculty Research and Publications. 511.