Paul Ricœur and Danish Philosophy: Dissemination of Ricœur’s Philosophy in the Philosophical Debate in Denmark, Ricœur’s Influence on Particular Danish Philosophers and Themes of Discussion in Denmark

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This article presents the influence on Danish philosophy of the French phenomenologist and hermeneutic philosopher Paul Ricœur. Paul Ricœur’s poetic hermeneutics was an inspiration for Danish phenomenology and existentialist thought. Moreover, Ricœur had an influence on the development of poetic and narrative research in theology and the human and social sciences in Denmark. In addition, Ricœur provided a hermeneutic framework for research in the different disciplines of bioethics and biolaw, philosophy of law, philosophy of education and nursing philosophy. In particular, Peter Kemp has been important for presenting and promoting Ricœur’s narrative philosophy. The article gives an overview of the influence of the different aspects of Ricœur’s philosophy in Denmark, related to different schools of thought and to individual philosophers and researchers in theology and the human and social sciences in Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDanish Yearbook of Philosophy
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)84-107
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Peter Kemp
  • Phenomenology
  • Existentialism
  • Hermeneutics
  • Poethic theology
  • Narrative ethics
  • Bioethics of law

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