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Ethics professor publishes work on Paul Ricoeur

August 6, 2010

Boyd Blundell, Ph.D., assistant professor of ethics at Loyola University New Orleans, has recently published “Paul Ricoeur between Theology and Philosophy Detour and Return” in the prestigious Philosophy of Religion series by Indiana University Press. It is a book that addresses the theological importance of Paul Ricoeur, one of religion’s most distinctive philosophical voices.

“Ricoeur was a philosopher first, and while his religious reflections are very relevant to theology, his philosophy is even more relevant,” said Blundell. “Using Ricoeur’s hermeneutical pattern of detour and return, there is a way for explicitly Christian theology to maintain both its integrity and overall relevance.”

By putting Ricoeur in dialogue with current, fundamental and longstanding debates about the role of philosophy in theology, Blundell offers a sensitive engagement with Ricoeur’s thought from a theological perspective.

“Blundell calls readers to create a narrative unity of life amidst the incommensurabilities of everyday existence,” said Mark Wallace, Ph.D., professor of religion at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. “With deft skill, he integrates biblical criticism, philosophical commentary and theological insight, showing how the construction of narrative identity is elucidated by Ricoeur’s philosophy of the intersubjective self. This book is innovative, invigorating, beautifully written, carefully researched, and highly recommended.”

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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