The world lost one of its most brilliant thinkers last week when Paul Ricouer passed away. I was fortunate enough to have taken a seminar on Ricouer with one of his friends, David Stewart, so I was exposed to a broad swath of his thought. If I were smarter and a better philosopher, I would write like Ricouer. His writing was incredibly lucid, and traversed enormous terrain in both analytic and continental philosophy. Deleuze has written quite a bit about the philosopher as the friend of wisdom; Ricouer put this conception to work.