The aim of this paper is to offer an overview of the political and ethical thought of the philosopher Paul Ricoeur. The legacy French President Macron claims from Ricoeur's teachings has stirred up an unprecedented interest for this part of ricoeurian's philosophy. This new interest often resulted in superficial assessments on Ricoeur's political thought, with insufficient consideration of the very thesis the author supported during his productive activity. A short guide to the main reception of ricoeurian complex thought will be offered. Then the connection Ricoeur traces between the exercise of freedom and the political problem of power and institutions will be taken into account. In the last part, we will discuss Ricoeur's kantianism and how it affects his ideas on democracy nowadays.