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


The Ambiguity of Justice offers a collection of essays on Ricœur’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 Ricœur’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 Ricœur 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 Ricœur himself repeatedly searches for dialogue in his writings on justice, but also by arguing that Ricœur’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).
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.