Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader: Philosophy and Painting / Edition 1

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Merleau-Ponty's essays on aesthetics are some of the major accomplishments of his philosophical career, and rank even today among the most sophisticated reflections on art in all of twentieth-century philosophy. His essays on painting, "Cezanne's Doubt" (1945), "Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence" (1952), and "Eye and Mind" (1960), have inspired new approaches to epistemology, ontology, and the philosophy of history. Galen A. Johnson has gathered these essays for the first time into a single volume and augmented them with essays by distinguished scholars and artists, including M.C. Dillon, Mikel Dufrenne, and René Magritte. Together the essays demonstrate the continuing significance of Merleau-Ponty's ideas about art for contemporary philosophy on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810110748
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 421
  • Sales rank: 990,464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introductions to Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Painting
1 Phenomenology and Painting: "Cezanne's Doubt" 3
2 Structures and Painting: "Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence" 14
3 Ontology and Painting: "Eye and Mind" 35
Pt. 2 Merleau-Ponty's Essays on Painting
4 Cezanne's Doubt 59
5 Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence 76
6 Eye and Mind 121
Plates (from "Eye and Mind" and Les philosophes celebres) 151
Pt. 3 Critical Essays on Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Painting
7 Forrest Williams, Cezanne, Phenomenology, and Merleau-Ponty 165
8 Alphonse de Waelhens, Merleau-Ponty: Philosopher of Painting 174
9 Michael B. Smith, Merleau-Ponty's Aesthetics 192
10 Marjorie Grene, The Aesthetic Dialogue of Sartre and Merleau-Ponty 212
11 Linda Singer, Merleau-Ponty on the Concept of Style 233
12 Olivier Mongin, Since Lascaux 245
13 Mikel Dufrenne, Eye and Mind 256
14 Hugh J. Silverman, Cezanne's Mirror Stage 262
15 Jacques Taminiaux, The Thinker and the Painter 278
16 Veronique M. Foti, The Dimension of Color 293
17 Jean-Franois Lyotard, excerpts from Discours, figure 309
18 Jean-Francois Lyotard, Philosophy and Painting in the Age of Their Experimentation: Contribution to an Idea of Postmodernity 323
19 Rene Magritte, Letter to Alphonse de Waelhens (28 April 1962) 336
20 Wayne J. Froman, Action Painting and the World-as-Picture 337
21 Robert Burch, On the Topic of Art and Truth: Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and the Transcendental Turn 348
Notes on Contributors 371
Notes 375
Selected Bibliography 415
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