No contemporary thinker has participated in more intellectual debates in the post-war period than Paul Ricoeur. His writings evolved from an initial concern with existentialism and phenomenology, through structuralism and psychoanalysis and the work he undertook within the hermenuetic tradition, to his recent studies in metaphor and narrative. This introduction is the first study to survey the entire range of Ricoeur's work and, exploiting the obvious thematic parallels, situates it within the context of post-structuralism. It includes the first discussion of Ricoueur's Time and Narrative, a work likely to prove the most significant contribution to the theory of narrative since early structuralism. Steven Clark shows how Ricoeur's work represents a unique point of confluence and dialogue between the French, German and Anglo-American traditions. By considering the current state of critical theory, wth particular reference to deconstruction, the author contends that Ricoeur offers a mode of interpretation combining the rigour of his hermenuetics of suspicion with an ethical amplitude and practical commitment.