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Starting With Merleau-ponty



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Merleau-Ponty was one of the most important European philosophers of the 20th century, whose work made enormous contributions to the development of phenomenology and the concept of the lived-body. Clearly and thematically structured, covering all Merleau-Ponty's key works and focussing particularly on the hugely important The Phenomenology of Perception, Starting with Merleau-Ponty leads the reader through a thorough overview of the development of his thought, resulting in a more thorough understanding of the roots of his philosophical concerns. Offering coverage of the full range of Merleau-Ponty's ideas, the book firmly sets his work in the context of the 20th century intellectual landscape and explores his contributions to phenomenology, existentialism, empiricism, objective thought and his vision of human reality. Crucially the book introduces the major thinkers and events that proved influential in the development of Merleau-Ponty's work, including Husserl, Sartre, Heidegger and those philosophers and psychologists whom he labelled 'intellectualists' and 'empiricists'. This is the ideal introduction for anyone coming to the work of this hugely important thinker for the first time.

Author Biography

Katherine J. Morris is Fellow in Philosophy at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, UK. Her previous publications include Sartre (Blackwell, 2007) and, with Gordon Baker, Descartes' Dualism (Routledge, 1996).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. x
Prefacep. xii
Starting with Merleau-Pontyp. 1
Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy: Husserl and Heideggerp. 2
Merleau-Ponty's 'Reconciling Project'p. 9
Merleau-Ponty's Distinctive Contributions: First Glimpsesp. 14
Coda: What Phenomenology is Notp. 18
∆Intellecutal Prejudices' in Analyses of Perceptionp. 21
Gestalt Qualitiesp. 22
The Empiricist Picturep. 27
Intellectualist Variants on the Empiricist Picturep. 32
'The Phenomenal Field'p. 38
Coda: Merleau-Ponty and Sciencep. 41
The Bodyp. 48
'Special Object' vs. Body Schemap. 51
A Better Account: Cartesian Physiology vs. Embodied Being-in-the-Worldp. 56
A Better Vocabulary: 'Motor Intentionality' and the 'Power of Projection'p. 59
Using the Abnormal I: 'Decoding' vs. 'Physiognomyp. 63
Using the Abnormal II: Habits, Skills and Bodily Knowledgep. 65
Coda: Normal and Abnormalp. 69
The Body and the Perceived Worldp. 73
Some Background and the Example of Depthp. 75
The Constancies: The Example of Colourp. 83
The Unity of the Senses and Intersensory Unityp. 87
Orientationp. 89
Coda: Concrete Essences and the Life-World a Priorip. 94
Othersp. 99
The Problem of Othersp. 100
Tacit Cogito and 'Second Cogito∆p. 103
The Interworldp. 108
Bodily Reciprocityp. 112
Coda: Gestures and Speechp. 119
Merleau-Ponty Vivantp. 124
Illnessp. 126
Womenp. 129
Culturep. 134
Animalsp. 140
Coda: Intellectual Prejudicesp. 144
Notesp. 150
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 185
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