Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Suspending the Queston
In his article entitled Rumination and Proclamation, Paul Ricoeur tangentially comments on the nature of our epoch: "Modernity is neither a fact nor our destiny. It is henceforth," Ricoeur proleptically suggests, "an open question." While post-modernists insist on naming the current supercessionist period in which we 'have our beings', Ricoeur's 1978 desire to view time not as an oppressive force operating on human fate, but as a creative symphony in which we participate, resonates with James Luther Adam's intention of "making history in place of merely being pushed around by it." This view of historical era as an unanswered question calls us into action and into the process of formulation.