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date: 22 January 2019

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Ricœur’s reading of Freud is one of the most comprehensive, perceptive, and judicious explications of Freudianism—one that begins with his early ‘Project’ of 1895 and culminates with the last book that Freud published, Moses and Monotheism. Ricœur is successful in exposing some of the weaknesses in Freud, and even more importantly, in showing why there is a need to move beyond Freud. He also develops the significant idea of a dialectical relationship between a hermeneutics of suspicion and a restorative hermeneutics of meaning—and that they are integral to each other. Ricœur is successful in showing how, if one relentlessly pursues the logic of Freud’s thinking, it leads beyond Freud. But, even though he gives some indications of how such dialectic is to be developed, this remains a task (an Aufgabe) that lies ahead.

Keywords: dialectic, Freud, psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, meaning

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