The Prose of the World

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Northwestern University Press, 1973 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 154 pages
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The work that Maurice Merleau-Ponty planned to call The Prose of the World, or Introduction to the Prose of the World, was unfinished at the time of his death. The book was to constitute the first section of a two-part work whose aim was to offer, as an extension of his Phenomenology of Perception, a theory of truth. This edition's editor, Claude Lefort, has interpreted and transcribed the surviving typescript, reproducing Merleau-Ponty's own notes and adding documentation and commentary.

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I read this in community college for an intro-to-philosophy class and remembered it so fondly I opted to re-read it many years later. Soooo... What it is is an investigation of language, it's primacy ... Read full review


The Specter of a Pure Language
Science and the Experience of Expression
The Indirect Language
The Algorithm and the Mystery of Language
Dialogue and the Perception of the Other
Expression and the Childs Drawing
Index I

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (14 March 1908 3 May 1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher, strongly influenced by Karl Marx, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger in addition to being closely associated with Jean-Paul Sartre (who later stated he had been "converted" to Marxism by Merleau-Ponty ) and Simone de Beauvoir. At the core of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is a sustained argument for the foundational role that perception plays in understanding the world as well as engaging with the world. Like the other major phenomenologists, Merleau-Ponty expressed his philosophical insights in writings on art, literature, linguistics, and politics. He was the only major phenomenologist of the first half of the twentieth century to engage extensively with the sciences and especially with descriptive psychology.

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