Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics: Transforming Political Structures into Just Institutions through the Critical Appropriation of Political Power

  • Alexis Deodato Sitoy Itao Cebu Normal University
Keywords: Ricoeur, hermeneutics, political power, political vigilance, reflection

Abstract

In this paper, I aim to show that the critical appropriation of political power can be a potential tool in transforming political structures into just institutions. To achieve this aim, I employ Ricoeur’s hermeneutics of symbols because in his different political essays, he consistently regards political power as akin to a symbol. Thus, for him, the critical appropriation of political power requires a hermeneutical procedure. And so in my discussion, I devote one section for Ricoeur’s hermeneutics of symbols, one for his thoughts on political power, and another one for the critical appropriation of political power through the hermeneutics of symbols. To put Ricoeur’s political and hermeneutical thoughts in a better light, I introduce these sections with a separate section on his philosophical anthropology. In my conclusion, I affirm that transforming political structures into just institutions is very much possible through the critical appropriation of political power. It is such a potential tool in effecting these transformations because the critical appropriation of political power involves a hermeneutical procedure that follows a three-step process of reflection. And reflection, which makes way for the critical appropriation of political power, is what ensures that power rests only in the hands of those who are more likely to advance the common good, resulting into a greater possibility for the transformation of political structures into just institutions.

Author Biography

Alexis Deodato Sitoy Itao, Cebu Normal University
Faculty, Social Sciences Department, College of Arts and Sciences

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Published
2019-01-01
How to Cite
Itao, A. D. (2019). Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics: Transforming Political Structures into Just Institutions through the Critical Appropriation of Political Power. Recoletos Multidisciplinary Research Journal, 6(2). Retrieved from https://rmrj.usjr.edu.ph/index.php/RMRJ/article/view/387
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