Paul Ricoeur has been hailed as one of the most important thinkers of the century. Oneself as Another, the clearest account of his "philosophical ethics," substantiates this position and lays the groundwork for a metaphysics of morals.
Focusing on the concept of personal identity, Ricoeur develops a hermeneutics of the self that charts its epistemological path and ontological status.
Expanding on the Gifford Lectures that Ricoeur gave in Edinburgh in 1986 and published in French in 1990, this translated (by Kathleen Blamey) volume finds the influential philosopher (U. of Chicago) focusing on the concept of personal identity, a major theme of contemporary philosophy. Running throughout are three key issues: the concept of self; the notion of identity or sameness; and the relation to otherness, or to that which is not self. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)