Perception and its Development in Merleau-Ponty's 'Phemenology'

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Kirsten Jacobson, John Russon
University of Toronto Press, 2017 - Perception (Philosophy) - 392 pages
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French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) shifted the terrain of western philosophy when he identified the body, rather than consciousness, as the primary site of our meaningful engagement with the world. His magnum opus, The Phenomenology of Perception (1945), revolutionized work in philosophy, psychology, cognitive science and other fields.  

Perception and Its Development in Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology brings together essays from fifteen leading Merleau-Ponty scholars to demonstrate the continuing significance of Merleau-Ponty's analysis. Mirroring the progression found in Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception, the essays in this volume engage in original phenomenological research to demonstrate the dynamic development of perceptual life from perception's most foundational forms (spatiality, temporality, intentionality, etc.) to its richest articulations in political life and artistic activity. This comprehensive volume is a powerful resource for students and scholars alike studying Merleau-Ponty's philosophy and serves both as a commentary upon and companion to his The Phenomenology of Perception.

 

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Contents

Perception and Its Development
3
Passivity and Intersubjectivity
23
Generality and Objectivity
99
Meaning and Ambiguity
191
Expression
251
Bibliography
339
Contributors
361
Index
367
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Kirsten Jacobson is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Maine.

John Russon is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Guelph.

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