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Paul Ricoeur on Sense - Dictionary of Arguments

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Sense/Freud/Psychoanalysis/Language/Ricoeur: [the] dynamics - this energetics, yes hydraulics - of desire and repression [expresses] itself only within semantics: the "drive fates", to take up a Freudian expression, can only be reached through the "sense fates". Herein lies the profound reason for all the analogies between dream and joke, dream and myth, dream and work of art, dream and religious "illusion" etc. All these "psychic productions" are in the realm of meaning and belong to a single question: how does the word come to desire?
How does the desire cause the word to fail and fail even to speak? This new perspective on the totality of human speech, on what the desiring person wants to say, gives psychoanalysis a claim to participate in the great debate on language.
I 19
As a desiring person, I walk in disguise - larvatus prodeo; and with this, language is immediately distorted: it wants to say something else than it says, it has a double meaning, it is ambiguous.
The dream and its analogues are thus located in a region of language that announces itself as the place of complex meanings, where in an immediate sense another sense opens up and at the same time hides itself; we want to call this region of double meaning symbol (...). >Interpretation of dreams/Ricoeur
Double meaning: The problem of double sense is not only peculiar to psychoanalysis: the phenomenology of religion also knows it; the great cosmic symbols, such as earth, sky, water, life, trees, stones, and the myths, those strange stories
about the origin and end of things, are their daily bread.
To the extent that it is phenomenological rather than psychoanalytical, the myths, rites and beliefs it examines are not fairy tales, but rather a way of relating to fundamental reality, whatever it may be. >Desire/Ricoeur, >Interpretation/Ricoeur.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Ricoeur I
Paul Ricoeur
De L’interprétation. Essai sur Sigmund Freud
German Edition:
Die Interpretation. Ein Versuch über Freud Frankfurt/M. 1999

Ricoeur II
Paul Ricoeur
Interpretation theory: discourse and the surplus of meaning Fort Worth 1976

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