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Ricoeur, Paul

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Author(s): Wall, John
[German Version] (Feb 27, 1913, Valence, France – May 20, 2005, Châtenay-Malabry, France), Ricoeur studied with G. Marcel at the Sorbonne, was married in 1935 to Simone Lejas, with whom he eventually raised five children, and fought and was imprisoned during World War II. Thereafter, he held teaching positions at the University of Strasbourg, the Sorbonne, the University of Paris at Nanterre, and, not long after being assaulted by students during the May 1968 uprisings, he joined the faculty of th…

Marriage and Divorce

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Author(s): Ritschl, Dietrich | Burgsmüller, Alfred | Stevenson, Kenneth W. | Wall, John
1. Dogmatics and Ethics 1.1. Historical Data Historical research has never been able to establish the original form of marriage—monogamy or polygamy (polygyny or polyandry)—or whether one form developed into the other. Yet it is striking that in so-called primitive cultures, as well as more civilized ones, we always find a religious or cultural understanding of marriage and weddings. Behind or “above” the institutionally regulated and celebrated uniting (not merely monogamously) of a man and a woman, w…