The Ambiguity of Justice: New Perspectives on Paul Ricoeur's Approach to Justice


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The Ambiguity of Justice offers a collection of essays on Ricoeur’s thought on justice, and on the different views that influenced this thought, in particular those of Arendt, Honneth, Hénaff, Rawls, Levinas and Boltanski. Although Ricoeur’s idea of justice has undoubtedly caught much attention already, only a few monographs have been published so far that explicitly address this topic.

The contributors of this book – a mix of both well-established Ricoeur scholars and young promising scholars in this field – address the difficulties in Ricoeur’s thought on justice by maintaining his spirit of dialogue, not only by showing how Ricoeur himself repeatedly searches for dialogue in his writings on justice, but also by arguing that Ricoeur’s thought allows contributions to contemporary debates about justice.

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Geoffrey Dierckxsens, Ph.D. (2015), University of Antwerp, is currently the Head of the Interdisciplinary Research Lab for Bioethics – IRLaB at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He has published monographs, book chapters and many articles on Ricoeur, justice and applied ethics, including Paul Ricoeur’s Moral Anthropology: Singularity, Responsibility and Justice (Lexington Books, 2017).
"[T]hese well-written, insightful essays provide a welcome addition to an underrepresented area of Ricoeurian studies." - H. I. Einsohn, Wesleyan University, in: Choice Connect, vol. 58 (9/2021)
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: New Perspcectives on Ricoeur’s Ambiguity of Justice

Geoffrey Dierckxsens

Part 1
Ricoeur’s Theory of Justice: an Internal Ambiguity?

1 The Vicissitudes of Justice in the Ethical Triad of Desire, Norm and Prudential Judgment according to Paul Ricoeur

emsp;Beatriz Contreras Tasso

2 Struggle, Violence, and the Idea of Justice
emsp;Roger W. H. Savage

3 Reenvisioning Justice
emsp;George H. Taylor

4 The Ambiguity of Justice Revisited: the Narrative and Imaginative Aspects of Social Power and Embodiment in Ricoeur’s Philosophy
emsp;Geoffrey Dierckxsens

5 Justice despite Institutions. Struggling for a Good Life from the Destitute Edge of Society
emsp;Ernst Wolff

Part 2
Ricoeur and Different Voices on Justice

6 Social Justice and Agape: the Issue of the Struggles for Recognition in Ricoeur’s, Honneth’s and Hénaff’s Thought
emsp;Sébastien Roman (Translated from French by Bonnie Einsiedel)

7 Reshaping Social Justice: Paul Ricoeur’s and Luc Boltanski’s Dialectic of Love and Justice in the Age of Globalization
emsp;Maria Cristina Clorinda Vendra

8 Ricoeur, Rawls and the Aporia of the Just
emsp;Feriel Kandil

9 Influence and Limits of Levinas’ Concept of Responsibility in Ricoeur’s Approach to Justice
emsp;Arthur Cools

10 Paul Ricoeur, Hannah Arendt, and the Journey to Justice
emsp;Morny Joy


The book is intended to all who are interested in Ricoeur’s thoughts on justice, its influence from the history of justice, and difficulties of addressing and defining justice in general.
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