Charles Taylor and Paul Ricoeur on Self-Interpretations and Narrative Identity

In Rauno Huttunen, Hannu L. T. Heikkinen & Leena Syrjälä (eds.), Narrative Research: Voices of Teachers and Philosophers. Jyväskylä: SoPhi. pp. 57-71 (2002)
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In this chapter I discuss Charles Taylor's and Paul Ricoeur's theories of narrative identity and narratives as a central form of self-interpretation. Both Taylor and Ricoeur think that self-identity is a matter of culturally and socially mediated self-definitions, which are practically relevant for one's orientation in life. First, I will go through various characterisations that Ricoeur gives of his theory, and try to show to what extent they also apply to Taylor's theory. Then, I will analyse more closely Charles Taylor's, and in section three, Paul Ricoeur's views on narrative identity.

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Arto Laitinen
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