Ricoeur’s “school of suspicion”

By | May 10, 2011

It is hard to find a better distinction than (from Wikipedia):

‘School of suspicion’ is a famous term coined by philosopher Paul Ricoeur, first appearing in his 1965 book Freud and philosophy, in which he declared that ‘Three masters, seemingly mutually exclusive, dominate the school of suspicion: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud.’^[1]^[2]

‘Suspicion, as attributed by Ricoeur to the three masters, is a critique of false consciousness.^[3] Ricoeur distinguished between an hermeneutics of suspicion, with an hermeneutics of affirmation.^[3]’

Naturally the French-language entry is better.