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 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 421
  • Sales rank: 1,507,833
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Galen A. Johnson is a professor of philosophy at the University of Rhode Island. He is the coeditor, with Michael B. Smith, of Ontology and Alterity in Merleau-Ponty (Northwestern University Press) and the author of Earth and Sky, His History and Philosophy: Island Images Inspired by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty.

Michael B. Smith is an associate professor of French at Berry College and the translator of Michel de Certeau's Fable Mystique.

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Table of Contents


Part 1: Introduction to Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Painting by Galen A. Johnson
1. Phenomenology and Painting: "Cézanne's Doubt"
2. Structures and Painting: "Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence"
3. Ontology and Painting: Eye and Mind

Part 2: Merleau-Ponty's Essays on Painting
4. Cézanne's Doubt
5. Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence
6. Eye and Mind
Plates (from "Eye and Mind" and Les philosophes celebres)

Part 3: Critical Essays on Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Painting
7. Forrest Williams, Cézanne, Phenomenology, and Merleau-Ponty
8. Alphonse de Waelhens, Merleau-Ponty: Philosopher of Painting
9. Michael B. Smith, Merleau-Ponty's Aesthetics
10. Marjorie Grene, The Aesthetic Dialogue of Sartre and Merleau-Ponty
11. Linda Singer, Merleau-Ponty on the Concept of Style
12. Oliver Mongin, Since Lascaux
13. Mikel Dufrenne, Eye and Mind
14. Hugh J. Silverman, Cézanne's Mirror Stage
15. Jacques Taminiaux, The Thinker and the Painter
16. Véronique M. Fóti, The Dimension of Color
17. Jean François Lyotard, excerpts from Discours, figure
18. Jean François Lyotard, Philosophy and Painting in the Age of Their Experimentation: Contribution to an Idea of Postmodernity
19. Rene Magritte, Letter to Alphonse de Waelhens
20. Wayne J. Froman, Action Painting and the World-as-Picture
21. Robert Burch, On the Topic fo Art and Truth: Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and the Transcendental Turn

Notes on Contributors
Selected Bibliography

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