Involuntary Memory and Apprenticeship to Truth: Ricoeur Re-reads Proust

  • Jeanne Marie GagnebinEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 2)


This chapter examines Ricœur’s reading of In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, which is developed in the second volume of Time and Narrative. It insists first and foremost on the corporeality of involuntary memory. Highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of Ricoeur’s interpretation, it argues that Ricoeur has not sufficiently emphasized the corporeal dimension of memory that is so crucial in Proustian descriptions, where it is primarily the body that remembers through the senses of taste, smell, touch, etc. Far from being secondary, the anchoring of memory in corporeality is essential to the sudden rediscovery of the time that was believed to be lost forever.


Memory Truth Body Time Narrative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontíficia Universidade Católica de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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