Theory, History and Self-Characterization of Social Margins in Public Writings
5. Readings and Struggles: Hermeneutics of Suspicionin the Social Context of Intellectual Life 81
81 CHAPTER 5 Readings and Struggles: Hermeneutics of Suspicion in the Social Context of Intellectual Life All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them. Isak Dinesen At the end of Chapter 3, I outlined an analysis of intellectual narrative in which an intellectual biography records the emplotment of unprecedented historical events on the one hand and the constitution of an intellectual’s self-character in writing on the other. In telling a story about the other(s) one encounters, what makes both emplotment and plot meaningful is the subjective interpretation of how an intellectual reads the texts of different schools of thought and interprets them. Paul Ricoeur’s critical intuition about the textual interpretation of the unconscious and symbols is an imaginative extension of oneself as the reader and the interpreter. His ‘hermeneutics of suspicion’ poses challenges to the mainstream ratio- nal interpretation of text. However, I have cautioned against this textual approach to self which reduces face-to-face encounters to the ontology of self and precludes one from being disposed to explore others phenom- enally. My position is not a textual interpretation of a character an intellec- tual has identifi ed, a character which, in the view of the intellectual, truly represents ‘the other’ explored phenomenally in history or storytelling. In other words, reading and interpretation provide the pivotal mediation between the emplotment of history and the construction of the other in historical experience and a textual imaginary of the plot as the...
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