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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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Memory, History, Oblivion

Memory, History, Oblivion

(p.148) Memory, History, Oblivion
Carnal Hermeneutics

Paul Ricoeur

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses history, memory, and history-writing. In doing so, it highlights the necessity of the “carnal turn” by drawing our attention to suffering and the wounded of history, and to the consequent moral call to justice for these victims. The author reconnects hermeneutics to the moral imperative to remember the acting and suffering of living, carnal beings, pointing toward a hermeneutics of the suffering body. The focus on the wounded offers an important provocation to standard hermeneutic accounts of language and text by connecting hermeneutic concerns to carnal, lived, suffering bodies.

Keywords:   Memory, History, Suffering, Wounds, Victims, Remembering

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