Merleau-Ponty's philosophy

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Indiana University Press, 2008 - Philosophy - 254 pages
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The work of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty touches on some of the most essential and vital concerns of the world today, yet his ideas are difficult and not widely understood. Lawrence Hass redresses this problem by offering an exceptionally clear, carefully argued, critical appreciation of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy. Hass provides insight into the philosophical methods and major concepts that characterize Merleau-Ponty's thought. Questions concerning the nature of phenomenology, perceptual experience, embodiment, intersubjectivity, expression, and philosophy of language are fully and systematically discussed with reference to main currents and discussions in contemporary philosophy. The result is a refreshingly jargon-free invitation into Merleau-Ponty's important and transformational way of understanding human experience.

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The writing is prolix and sometimes maddening, but this is a surprisingly good book. The author's description of the Visible and the Invisible is valuable, and his extensive efforts to explicate his ideas pay off. This is a book that I will come back to. Read full review


Singing the World
Scenes from the Cartesian Theater
Toward a Phenomenology of Perception

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Lawrence Hass is Professor of Philosophy at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is editor (with Dorothea Olkowski) of Re-Reading Merleau-Ponty: Essays Beyond the Continental-Analytic Divide.

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