Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy

Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy

Lawrence Hass
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 05/07/2008
Format: Paperback 17 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21973-2
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The work of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty touches on some of the most essential and vital concerns of the world today, yet his ideas are difficult and not widely understood. Lawrence Hass redresses this problem by offering an exceptionally clear, carefully argued, critical appreciation of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy. Hass provides insight into the philosophical methods and major concepts that characterize Merleau-Ponty's thought. Questions concerning the nature of phenomenology, perceptual experience, embodiment, intersubjectivity, expression, and philosophy of language are fully and systematically discussed with reference to main currents and discussions in contemporary philosophy. The result is a refreshingly jargon-free invitation into Merleau-Ponty's important and transformational way of understanding human experience.

Author Bio

Lawrence Hass is Professor of Philosophy at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is editor (with Dorothea Olkowski) of Re-Reading Merleau-Ponty: Essays Beyond the Continental-Analytic Divide.

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“The work of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty touches on some of the most essential and vital concerns of the world today, yet his ideas are notoriously difficult and not widely understood. Lawrence Hass redresses this problem by offering an exceptionally clear, carefully argued, critical appreciation of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy.”

“Hass has a profound understanding of Merleau-Ponty's thought.”
 — Leonard Lawlor, University of Memphis

“This book will quickly become the staple Merleau-Ponty reference for both graduate and undergraduate students.”
 — Dorothea Olkowski, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

“[T]his ambitious text is well worth reading. . . Toadvine offers a bold, yet carefully constructed reading of the early ontology oriented by Merleau-Ponty’s later self-evaluations of it.Winter 2010”
 — Environmental Ethics

“[T]his is one of the few [Merleau-Ponty books] that is genuinely important.Volume 15, Issue 2, Fall/Automne 2011”
 — Symposium

“. . . a valuable contribution to scholarship bridging analytic and Continental concerns. . . . clear and largely jargon-free. . . . Recommended.January 2009”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations of Texts by Merleau-Ponty
Introduction: Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy: "Singing the World"
Prelude: Scenes from the Cartesian Theater
1. The Sensation Fallacy: Toward a Phenomenology of Perception
2. The Secret Life of Things
3. Singing the Living Body Electric
4. Elemental Alterity: Self and Others
5. Later Developments: Ecart, Reversibility, and the Flesh of the World
6. Expression and the Origin of Geometry
7. Behold "The Speaking Word": The Expressive Life of Language
Conclusion: The Visible and the Invisible
Appendix: The Multiple Meanings of Flesh in Merleau-Ponty's Late Writings
Notes
Bibliography
Index