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Paul Ricoeur's whole philosophical undertaking narrates a keenness for the possibleexpressed within the wish that during spite of dying, closure, and sedimentation, lifestyles is opened through superabundance, via how the area provides us even more than is feasible. Ricoeur's philosophical anthropology is a phenomenology of human potential, which provides onto the groundless floor of man or woman, specifically, God. hence the tale of the able guy, starting with unique goodness held captive by way of a servile will and finishing with the opportunity of liberation and regeneration of the guts, underpins his ardour for the greater than attainable. The essays during this quantity hint the fluid move among phenomenological and non secular descriptions of the able self that emerges throughout Ricoeur's oeuvre and identify issues of connection for destiny advancements that would draw proposal from this physique of proposal.

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Vol. 6 of Universite´ de tous les savoirs (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2001), 461–73. 40 Religious Belief: The Difficult Path of the Religious ................. ’’2 It is almost eighteen months now since Ricoeur’s death. I believe he would have agreed that as the work of mourning progresses, the balance shifts between what at first is an almost overwhelming sense of grief and an accompanying sense of loss. Grief, for those who feel it, never completely disappears, but it is the sense of loss that most holds its strength.

Together, the essays in this collection illustrate the remarkable fecundity of Ricoeur’s thought. Our contributors have been inspired by both the diversity of his work—which can be seen in the ‘‘occasional’’ nature of his thinking pointed out by David Pellauer and in the pattern of ‘‘detour and return’’ that fascinates Boyd Blundell—and, paradoxically, by its persistent attention to the themes of subjectivity, identity, capability, evil, and forgiveness. The paradox of the unity and diversity of Ricoeur’s work should not trouble readers of this volume.

The difficulty then is to hold myself on the crest where my conviction is at the same time anchored in its soil, like its mother tongue, and open laterally to other beliefs, other convictions, as in the case of foreign languages. It is not easy to hold oneself at this crest. . Paul Ricoeur ................. , Qu’est-ce que la culture? vol. 6 of Universite´ de tous les savoirs (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2001), 461–73. 40 Religious Belief: The Difficult Path of the Religious ................. ’’2 It is almost eighteen months now since Ricoeur’s death.

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