The Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty [NOOK Book]

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) was described by Paul Ricoeur as 'the greatest of the French phenomenologists'. The essays in this 2004 volume examine the full scope of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, from his central and abiding concern with the nature of perception and the bodily constitution of intentionality to his reflections on science, nature, art, history, and politics. The authors explore the historical origins and context of his thought as well as its continuing relevance to contemporary work in ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty

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Overview

Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) was described by Paul Ricoeur as 'the greatest of the French phenomenologists'. The essays in this 2004 volume examine the full scope of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, from his central and abiding concern with the nature of perception and the bodily constitution of intentionality to his reflections on science, nature, art, history, and politics. The authors explore the historical origins and context of his thought as well as its continuing relevance to contemporary work in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, biology, art criticism and political and social theory. What emerges is a fresh image of Merleau-Ponty as a deep and original thinker whose philosophical importance has been underestimated, in part owing to the influence of intellectual movements such as existentialism and structuralism, into which his work could not be easily assimilated. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Merleau-Ponty currently available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139816724
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,040,739
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Taylor Carman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Mark B. N. Hansen is Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Merleau-Ponty and the epistemological picture 26
2 Sensation, judgment, and the phenomenal field 50
3 Seeing things in Merleau-Ponty 74
4 Motives, reasons and causes 111
5 Merleau-Ponty and recent cognitive science 129
6 The silent, limping body of philosophy 151
7 Merleau-Ponty and the touch of Malebranche 181
8 A phenomenology of life 206
9 The embryology of the (in)visible 231
10 Merleau-Ponty's existential conception of science 265
11 Between philosophy and art 291
12 Understanding the engaged philosopher : on politics, philosophy, and art 318
13 Thinking politics 352
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