University of Pittsburgh Publishes New E-Journal on Philosopher Paul Ricoeur

Issue Date: 
January 31, 2011

Academic papers that continue the work of French philosopher Paul Ricoeur are being solicited for Etudes Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies (ERRS)—an e-journal published by the University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System (ULS), a national leader in Open Access digital publishing.

ERRS ( is an international and bilingual peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of Ricoeur’s works. It seeks to continue his dialogue across the disciplines through critical appraisals; it also welcomes original contributions from the various intellectual movements and themes that Ricoeur engaged in his work.

Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished philosophers of our time, and his work has a broad interdisciplinary appeal. His writings are not identified by any single guiding idea as much as by a recognizable style. On any given topic, Ricoeur carefully studied previous viewpoints that at first seemed to be irreconcilably opposed. He would then present a mediation among those viewpoints, allowing him to build bridges between different philosophical movements and opposing points of view.

Ricoeur was the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including the Grand Prix from the Académie Française in 1991, the Balzan Prize for Philosophy in 1999, and the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences in 2004. In 2010, the Fonds Ricoeur, an archive and research facility dedicated to his intellectual legacy, was established at the Institut Protestant de Théologie in Paris.

ERRS is under the direction of Scott Davidson and Johann Michel and has the support of the Society for Ricoeur Studies and the Fonds Ricoeur.

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