Merleau-Ponty's Reading of Husserl explores the relationship between two of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century: Edmund Husserl, the father of modern phenomenology, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, considered by many to be his greatest philosophical heir. While Merleau-Ponty's influence on the dissemination and reception of Husserl's thought is indisputable, unresolved questions remain concerning the philosophical projects of these two thinkers: Does phenomenology first reach its true potential in Merleau-Ponty's hands, guided by his appreciation of the tacit goals underlying Husserl's philosophical project? Or is Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology a creative but ultimately misdirected appropriation of Husserl's work? In this volume, the first devoted to a comparison of the work of these two philosophers, ten leading scholars draw on the latest research and newly available manuscripts to offer novel insights into Merleau-Ponty's reading of Husserl - with implications for our understanding of phenomenology's significance, its method, and the future of philosophy.
Table of ContentsPreface; L. Embree. Introduction; T. Toadvine. I: Merleau-Ponty as a Reader of Husserl. 1. Merleau-Ponty on Husserl: A Reappraisal; D. Zahavi. 2. Merleau-Ponty's Ontological Reading of Constitution in Phénoménologie de la perception; E.A. Behnke. 3. The Phenomenological Movement: A Tradition without Method? Merleau-Ponty and Husserl; T.M. Seebohm. II: Phenomenology and Method in Merleau-Ponty. 4. Leaving Husserl's Cave? The Philosopher's Shadow Revisited; T. Toadvine. 5. From Dialectic to Reversibility: A Critical Change of Subject-Object Relation in Merleau-Ponty's Thought; H. Kojima. 6. What about the praxis of Reduction? Between Husserl and Merleau-Ponty; N. Depraz. 7. From Decisions to Passions: Merleau-Ponty's Interpretation of Husserl's Reduction; S. Heinämaa. III: Legacy and Tradition. 8. The Time of Half-Sleep: Merleau-Ponty between Husserl and Proust; M. Carbone. 9. Eugen Fink and Maurice Merleau-Ponty: The Philosophical Lineage in Phenomenology; R. Bruzina. 10. The Legacy of Husserl's 'Ursprung der Geometrie': The Limits of Phenomenology in Merleau-Ponty and Derrida; L. Lawlor. Appendix. 11. Merleau-Ponty's Reading of Husserl: A Chronological Overview; T. Toadvine. Notes on Contributors. Index.