Paul Ricoeur

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French president Emmanuel Macron: Contrary to his public image, Sophie Pedder says, Macron is capable of self-criticism. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson

As bureau chief for British magazine the Economist, Sophie Pedder got to know Emmanuel Macron earlier than most Macron-watchers. She first interviewed(...)

Winning ways: Emmanuel Macron at his victory rally in Paris after being elected president, in May 2017. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron likes to convince people. In manner and method, he is unlike his predecessors. Nicolas Sarkozy cajoled and bullied. François(...)

Sigmund Freud: Vincent MacNamara was associated with Eckhart House which offered courses in psycho-synthesis, a methodology which aimed to provide a spiritual overlay to the work of Freud.

“One of the attractions of psychotherapy for people is that it provides a space where they feel listened to and accepted. They are allowed to tell the(...)

The scene of the  Enniskillen bombing in 1987.  Photograph: Chris Bacon/PA

Out of horror can come extraordinary humanity and grace. The Enniskillen bombing is remembered as much for the IRA’s murder of 11 people as the forgiv(...)

Hurricane Irma: President Macron on his way to St Martin and St Bart on Tuesday. Photograph: Christophe Ena/pool/EPA

Four months after his election political commentators are still struggling to classify President Emmanuel Macron. In recent days he has been called a (...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron with  British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump at the G7 summit in Sicily. Macron has received praise internationally for his dealings with foreign leaders. Photograph:  Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

In less than a month, the election of Emmanuel Macron has transformed France for the better, though there’s an underlying anxiety that pride in the yo(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images

Paul Ricoeur is one of those continental philosophers you have to read with a dictionary in one hand and a strong coffee in the other (“difficult to c(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron received a warm welcome in Berlin from German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

On his first day in office, President Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards dismantling France’s old two-party system, by appointing a politician f(...)

Emmanuel Macron: “I practise benevolence. I have never said a negative sentence against anyone.” Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The newly elected president Emmanuel Macron faces the near impossible challenge of reversing France’s decline and reconciling a deeply divided populat(...)

The late French philosopher Paul Ricoeur:  religions  can be “driven and invigorated by the unkept promises of their own histories of foundation”.  Photograph:Juerg Mueller/AP/Keystone/

In the past 20 years, the place of religion in the public sphere has been discussed from multiple angles. On the continent, French, Italian and German(...)

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