Catherine GoldensteinCorresponding author

L’unité d’une vie, d’un enseignement, d’une œuvre

[A Unity of Life, Teaching, and Writing]

22/2 - Fall 2017, pages 127-138
Date of online publication: 15 October 2018
Date of publication: 15 October 2018

Editor’s Note

This text has the character of a document pertaining to the philosophy and life of Paul Ricœur. We hope that it will come to serve as source material for those studying Ricœur’s philosophy. Its author is not a professional philosopher, and does not aim to offer a philosophical commentary. For these reasons, and due to its personal character, the text was not subjected to peer-review process and should not be deemed a research article. However, the author and editors have sought, as far as is possible, to provide readers with all of the various kinds of documentary reference needed to make the essay useful as a piece of historical evidence.


This essay offers a personal account of the author’s friendship and collaboration with Paul Ricœur in the last years of his life. Catherine Goldenstein, who, after Ricœur’s death, took care of his manuscripts and organized the archives of the Fonds Ricœur, reflects on her conversations with the philosopher. Their contents, recorded as she remembers them, illuminate Ricœur’s philosophical endeavors and his work as an academic instructor. Ricœur is also viewed through the testimony of letters addressed by him to the author, through his personal notes, and through the events of his academic career. These perspectives combine to offer a concise and challenging vision of a life devoted to reflection, whose ultimate boundary is a reality we do not know directly: that of eternity.


Cite this article

Goldenstein, Catherine. “L’unité d’une vie, d’un enseignement, d’une œuvre” [A Unity of Life, Teaching, and Writing]. Forum Philosophicum 22, no. 2 (2017): 127–38. doi:10.5840/forphil201722210.


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