Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Interwining Embodiment and Alterity

Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Interwining Embodiment and Alterity

by Jack Reynolds

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Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Interwining Embodiment and Alterity by Jack Reynolds

While There Have Been Many Essays devoted to comparing the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty with that of Jacques Derrida, there has been no sustained book-length treatment of these two French philosophers. Additionally, many of the essays presuppose an oppositional relationship between them, and between phenomenology and deconstruction more generally. Jack Reynolds systematically explores their relationship by analyzing each philosopher in terms of two important and related issues - embodiment and alterity. Focusing on areas with which they are not commonly associated (e.g., Derrida on the body and Merleau-Ponty on alterity) makes clear that their work cannot be adequately characterized in a strictly oppositional way. Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity proposes the possibility of a Merleau-Ponty-inspired philosophy that does not so avowedly seek to extricate itself from phenomenology, but that also cannot easily be dismissed as simply another instantiation of the metaphysics of presence. Reynolds argues that there are salient ethicopolitical reasons for choosing an alternative that accords greater attention to our embodied situation. As the first full-leng

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821415924
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Series: Series In Continental Thought Series , #32
Edition description: 1
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
List of Abbreviationsix
Introductionxi
Part 1Embodiment
1Merleau-Ponty, the Body-Subject, and the Disciplining of Reflection3
2The Deconstruction of Oppositions: Speech-Writing, but Why Not Mind-Body?26
3The Later Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty and the Metaphysics of Presence55
4Habituality and Undecidability: A Comparison of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida on the Decision83
Part 2The Other
5Solipsism and the Master-Slave Dialectic: An Onto-Ethical Dissonance between Sartre and Merleau-Ponty105
6Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and the Alterity of the Other124
7The Other of Derridean Deconstruction: Levinas, Phenomenology, and the Problem of Responsibility150
8Possible and Impossible, Self and Other, and the Reversibility of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida173
Notes197
Bibliography219
Index231

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