This paper seeks to extend Ricoeur’s acclaimed mediation of the Gadamer-Habermas debate. Freud’s psychoanalytic practice was an important touchstone for the debate, and Ricoeur’s reading of Freud provides a key to his critical intervention in the debate. The emerging postmodern account of psychotherapeutic practice provides a model of the critical hermeneutics that Ricoeur championed. Bringing Ricoeur’s insights to bear on this model, we can advance the questioning spurred by the Gadamer-Habermas debate without pretending to bring closure to the unending conversation of thinking.
Mootz III, Francis Joseph, Ricoeur's Critical Hermeneutics and the Psychotherapeutic Model of Critical Theory (December 15, 2008)
Mootz, Francis J. III, "Ricoeur’s Critical Hermeneutics and the Psychotherapeutic Model of Critical Theory" (2006). Scholarly Works. Paper 62.