Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Basic Writings / Edition 1

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Overview

Merleau-Ponty was a pivotal figure in twentieth century French philosophy. He was responsible for bringing the phenomenological methods of the German philosophers - Husserl and Heidegger - to France and instigated a new wave of interest in this approach. His influence extended well beyond the boundaries of philosophy and can be seen in theories of politics, psychology, art and language.
This is the first volume to bring together a comprehensive selection of Merleau-Ponty's writing.
Sections from the following are included:
The Primacy of Perception
The Structure of Behaviour
The Phenomenology of Perception
The Prose of the World
The Visible and the Invisible
Sense and Non-Sense
The Adventures of the Dialectic
In a substantial critical introduction Thomas Baldwin provides a critical discussion of the main themes of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, connecting it to subsequent philosophical debates and setting it in the context of the ideas of Bergson, Husserl, Heidegger and Sartre. Each text is also prefaced with an explanation which sets it in its context in Merleau-Ponty's work; and there are extensive suggestions for further reading to enable students to pursue the issues raised by Merleau-Ponty. Thus the book provides the ideal materials for students studying Merleau-Ponty for the first time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415315876
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/29/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Baldwin is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of York. Recent publications include: The Cambridge History of Philosophy 1870-1945 (2003), and Contemporary Philosophy: Philosophy in English since 1945 (2001); other publications include G.E. Moore (Routledge 1990).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Editor's Note
Editor's Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Merleau-Ponty's Prospectus of his Work 33
Pt. 2 Selections from The Structure of Behavior 43
Higher Forms of Behavior 46
The Physical Order; The Vital Order; The Human Order 49
Pt. 3 Selections from The Phenomenology of Perception 62
The Body as Object and Mechanistic Physiology 85
The Spatiality of One's Own Body and Motility 101
Sense-experience 126
The Thing and the Natural World 135
Other Selves and the Human World 145
The Cogito 166
Freedom 209
Pt. 4 Selection from The Prose of the World 234
The Algorithm and the Mystery of Language 234
Pt. 5 Selection from The Visible and the Invisible 247
The Intertwining - The Chiasm 247
Pt. 6 Painting 272
Cezanne's Doubt 272
Eye and Mind 290
Pt. 7 History 325
The Crisis of Understanding 325
Bibliography 346
Further Reading 348
Index 355
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