Perception and its Development in Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology
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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"This anthology represents a wide range of interesting topics, and will make a valuable contribution to Merleau-Ponty scholarship. It will also bolster the well-deserved reputation for creative (mostly) Canadian work in this area of contemporary French philosophy."
Duane H. Davis
Review of Metaphysics Vol 71:02:2018
"The essays in Perception and Its Development in Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology are written with consistent clarity and rigour, avoiding unnecessary (and often obfuscating) jargon. The contributors represent a veritable ‘who’s who’ of emerging and established scholars in the field. The presentation, organization, and thematic coherence of the material is excellent and creates the effect that concepts and interpretations introduced in the essays are building on one another towards deeper and more complex issues."
Kevin Aho, Professor of Philosophy, Florida Gulf Coast University
Author InformationKirsten 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.
Table of contents
A Note on Citations .
Part I: Passivity and Intersubjectivity
Part II: Generality and Objectivity
Part III: Meaning and Ambiguity
Part IV: Expression
Subjects and Courses