A Promise Kept, a Self Repeated? Reading Gjentagelsen with Ricœur
Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2017
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Becker-Lindenthal, H. (2017). A Promise Kept, a Self Repeated? Reading Gjentagelsen with Ricœur. Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2017, 2017 (1), 379-394. https://doi.org/10.1515/kierke-2017-0016
Based on Paul Ricœur’s concept of ipseity and the role of promising for constituting selfhood as non-identical permanence in time, the article revisits the controversy whether or not the young man in Repetition experiences a repetition of the self. Considering Hans Lipps’s notion of the radical openness of a promise based on solicitude as much as Ricœur’s “fundamental promise” to be faithful to oneself, two different perspectives are provided in order to interpret the young man’s break with his fiancée. According to both perspectives it can coherently be claimed that in the realm of ethical selfhood as depicted by Ricœur in Oneself as Another and The Course of Recognition, the young man non-identically repeats his self.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kierke-2017-0016
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