The Fonds Ricœur (Ricœurs’s fondation), a treasure to discover and to introduce to others, a special place for studies and to make contacts.
In 2003, Paul Ricoeur donated his personal working library along with his archives in aims to make them available to researchers and students all over the world.
In order to finance this initiative, he built a foundation and offered a financial
backing. With the combined support of local authorities and private sponsors, the Fonds Ricoeur was born.
This unique library is located on Boulevard Arago, Paris 14th arrondissement. It comprises three spaces :
1- The Salle Ricœur, which includes :
- His entire body of work in different languages (including all of his published topics since 1936) and the secondary literature that it has inspired.
- Temporary exhibitions of archives, or reading groups focused on one particular work of Paul Ricœur, or on one topic.
- A place for meetings and studies.
The temporary exhibitions of Fond Ricœur (Ricœur Foundation)
2- Archives (courses, manuscripts and correspondence…)
3- Paul Ricœur's personal library which was organised in several circles according to his own instructions. Some workstations are installed in this area as well.
Bookshelves containing the personal library of Paul Ricœur.
The Fonds Ricoeur receives the first group of researchers within the library and a website—giving access to many documents including, handwritten, audio and video archives—is created. The centre receives working groups, seminars and organizes various conferences. In 2013, the centenary anniversary of Paul Ricoeur marked the most important congress to date. The Paul Ricœur association is formed. It now organizes debates and oversees the Paul Ricœur Award.
In 2016 the Fonds Ricoeur is at a turning point of its development. The time has come to realize Paul Ricoeur's initial plan and make it open to all.