Merleau Ponty In Contemporary Perspectives

Yet, it is the feeling of many of the contributors to this volume that the so-called "second Merleau-Ponty" is still not really known.

Merleau Ponty In Contemporary Perspectives

Merleau-Ponty in contemporary perspective: this was the theme of the conference at the Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K. U. L. ) from 29 November to 1 December 1991. Thirty years after Merleau Ponty's untimely death, it seemed appropriate to bring together scholars from Europe and from the United States of America to reappraise his philosophy. In fact, a significant body of scholarship has emerged which would seem to attest to the continuing importance of his thought for a variety of disciplines within the humanities, the social sciences, and the philosophy of nature. In the present volume, Gary Brent Madison addresses the issue whether Merleau-Ponty can be considered to be a classical philosopher. The fact that his work is one of the highlights of the phenomenological tradition and is of continuing inspiration for researchers in various domains seems to justify that claim. Yet, it is the feeling of many of the contributors to this volume that the so-called "second Merleau-Ponty" is still not really known. The unfinished state of The Visible and the Invisible and the cryptic condition of many of the "Working Notes" may be responsible for that. More research should be done, to uncover "the unsaid" of Merleau-Ponty. lowe to a remark of Paul Ricoeur in his introduction to the work of G. B. Madison, La Phenomenologie de Merleau-Ponty. Une recherche des limites de la conscience (Paris, Klincksieck, 1973, p.

Things Seen and Unseen

“The Subject in Nature: Reflections on Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception.” Translated by R. P. Buckley and S. Spileers. In Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspective, edited by Patrick Burke and Jan Van Der Veken, 53–68.

Things Seen and Unseen

The philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty was developing into a radical ontology when he died prematurely in 1961. Merleau-Ponty identified this nascent ontology as a philosophy of incarnation that carries us beyond entrenched dualisms in philosophical thinking about perception, the body, animality, nature, and God. What does this ontology have to do with the Catholic language of incarnation, sacrament, and logos on which it draws? In this book, Orion Edgar argues that Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is dependent upon a logic of incarnation that finds its roots and fulfillment in theology, and that Merleau-Ponty drew from the Catholic faith of his youth. Merleau-Ponty's final abandonment of Christianity was based on an understanding of God that was ultimately Kantian rather than orthodox, and this misunderstanding is shared by many thinkers, both Christian and not. As such, Merleau-Ponty's philosophy suggests a new kind of natural theology, one that grounds an account of God as ipsum esse subsistens in the questions produced by a phenomenological account of the world. This philosophical ontology also offers to Christian theology a route away from dualistic compromises and back to its own deepest insight.

Merleau Ponty and Buddhism

Eleanor Godway, “Toward a Phenomenology of Politics,” in Merleau-Ponty, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism, 161–70, 165 [henceforth ... Burke and Van Der Veken, Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspective, 165; see B. Watson's contribution.

Merleau Ponty and Buddhism

Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism explores a new mode of philosophizing through a comparative study of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology and philosophies of major Buddhist thinkers such as Nagarjuna, Chinul, Dogen, Shinran, and Nishida Kitaro. Challenging the dualistic paradigm of existing philosophical traditions, Merleau-Ponty proposes a philosophy in which the traditional opposites are encountered through mutual penetration. Likewise, a Buddhist worldview is articulated in the theory of dependent co-arising, or the middle path, which comprehends the world and beings in the third space, where the subject and the object, or eternalism and annihilation, exist independent of one another. The thirteen essays in this volume explore this third space in their discussions of Merleau-Ponty's concepts of the intentional arc, the flesh of the world, and the chiasm of visibility in connection with the Buddhist doctrine of no-self and the five aggregates, the Tiantai Buddhist concept of threefold truth, Zen Buddhist huatou meditation, the invocation of the Amida Buddha in True Pure Land Buddhism, and Nishida's concept of basho.

The Merleau Ponty Aesthetics Reader

Philosophy and Painting Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michael B. Smith Galen A. Johnson ... The Horizons of the Flesh: Critical Perspectives on the Thought of Merleau-Ponty. Ed. Garth Gillan. ... Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspective.

The Merleau Ponty Aesthetics Reader

Merleau-Ponty's essays on aesthetics are some of the major accomplishments of his philosophical career, and rank even today among the most sophisticated reflections on art in all of twentieth-century philosophy. His essays on painting, "Cezanne's Doubt" (1945), "Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence" (1952), and "Eye and Mind" (1960), have inspired new approaches to epistemology, ontology, and the philosophy of history. Galen A. Johnson has gathered these essays for the first time into a single volume and augmented them with essays by distinguished scholars and artists, including M.C. Dillon, Mikel Dufrenne, and René Magritte. Together the essays demonstrate the continuing significance of Merleau-Ponty's ideas about art for contemporary philosophy on both sides of the Atlantic.

Phenomenology or Deconstruction

In Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspectives, eds Patrick Burke and Jan Van der Veken, pp. 109–30. London: Kluwer Academic, 1993. Visker, Rudi. Truth and Singularity: Taking Foucault into Phenomenology, Phenomenologica 155.

Phenomenology or Deconstruction

Phenomenology or Deconstruction? challenges traditional understandings of the relationship between phenomenology and deconstruction through new readings of the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricur and Jean-Luc Nancy. A constant dialogue with Jacques Derrida's engagement with phenomenological themes provides the impetus to establishing a new understanding of 'being' and 'presence' that exposes significant blindspots inherent in traditional readings of both phenomenology and deconstruction. In reproducing neither a stock phenomenological reaction to deconstruction nor the routine deconstructive reading of phenomenology, Christopher Watkin provides a fresh assessment of the possibilities for the future of phenomenology, along with a new reading of the deconstructive legacy. Through detailed studies of the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Ricur and Nancy, he shows how a phenomenological tradition much wider and richer than Husserlian or Heideggerean thought alone can take account of Derrida's critique of ontology and yet still hold a commitment to the ontological. This new reading of being and presence fundamentally re-draws our understanding of the relation of deconstruction and phenomenology, and provides the first sustained discussion of the possibilities and problems for any future 'deconstructive phenomenology'.

Maurice Merleau Ponty

Dillon , M. C. ( 1993 ) ' The unconscious : language and world ' , in P. Burke and J. van der Veken ( eds ) , Merleau - Ponty in Contemporary Perspective , Dordrecht : Kluwer , pp . 69–84 . ( Uses Merleau - Ponty's account of language ...

Maurice Merleau Ponty

This is the first volume to bring together a comprehensive selection of Merleau-Ponty's writing. It presents a cross-section of his work that clearly shows the historical progression of his ideas and influence.

Merleau Ponty and the Paradoxes of Expression

15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 discussion of the role of the perspective from “within” in MerleauPonty, see Françoise Dastur, “Merleau-Ponty and Thinking from Within,” trans. Paul B. Milan, in Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspectives, ed.

Merleau Ponty and the Paradoxes of Expression

Merleau-Ponty and the Paradoxes of Expression offers a comprehensive reading of the philosophical work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, a central figure in 20th-century continental philosophy. By establishing that the paradoxical logic of expression is Merleau-Ponty's fundamental philosophical gesture, this book ties together his diverse work on perception, language, aesthetics, politics and history in order to establish the ontological position he was developing at the time of his sudden death in 1961. Donald A. Landes explores the paradoxical logic of expression as it appears in both Merleau-Ponty's explicit reflections on expression and his non-explicit uses of this logic in his philosophical reflection on other topics, and thus establishes a continuity and a trajectory of his thought that allows for his work to be placed into conversation with contemporary developments in continental philosophy. The book offers the reader a key to understanding Merleau-Ponty's subtle methodology and highlights the urgency and relevance of his research into the ontological significance of expression for today's work in art and cultural theory.

The Question of Painting

'Merleau-Ponty in Retrospect'. In Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspectives. Edited by Patrick Burke and Jan van der Veken, 183–195. Dordrecht, Boston and London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1993.

The Question of Painting

Since the latter half of the 20th century, committed art has been associated with conceptual, critical and activist practices. Painting, by contrast, is all too often defined as an outmoded, reactionary, market-led venture; an ineffectual medium from the perspective of social and political engagement. How can paintings change the world today? The question of painting, in particular, fuelled the investigations of a major 20th-century philosopher: the French phenomenologist, Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1907-61). Merleau-Ponty was at the forefront of attempts to place philosophy on a new footing by contravening the authority of Cartesian dualism and objectivist thought-an authority that continues to limit present-day intellectual, imaginative, and ethical possibilities. A central aim of The Question of Painting is to provide a closely focused, chronological account of his unfolding project and its relationship with art, clarifying how painting, as a paradigmatically embodied and situated mode of investigation, helped him to access the fundamentally “intercorporeal” basis of reality as he saw it, and articulate its lived implications. With an exclusive and extended conversation about the contemporary virtues of painting with New York based artist Leah Durner, for whom the work of Merleau-Ponty is an important source of inspiration, The Question of Painting brings today's much debated concerns about the criticality of painting into contact with the question of painting in philosophy.

Merleau Ponty

Hudac, Michael C., Merleau-Ponty On the Cartesian 'Dubito': a Critical Analysis. ... ——Desire and Invisibility in the Ontology of Eye and Mind: Some Remarks on Merleau-Ponty's Spirituality in Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspective, ...

Merleau Ponty

In this wide-ranging and penetrative study, Stephen Priest uses clear and direct language to explain the thoughts and ensuing importance of one of the greatest contemporary thinkers.

The Bodily Nature of Consciousness

R. P. Buckley and S. Spileers , in Merleau - Ponty in Contemporary Perspective , ed . Patrick Burke and Jan Van der Veken ( Dordrecht , Netherlands : Kluwer Academic Publishers , 1993 ) , p . 58. See also John F. Bannon , The Philosophy ...

The Bodily Nature of Consciousness

"The Bodily Nature of Consciousness is a stunning achievement. Combining an existential-phenomenological approach with her knowledge of recent biological research, Wider argues that self-consciousness is rooted in body-awareness. She has taken a great step in advancing our understanding of the nature of consciousness."—Hazel E. Barnes, author of Humanistic Existentialism: The Literature of Possibility"Kathleen Wider has few if any peers in her ability to bring strands from analytic philosophy together with an extremely in-depth understanding of the philosophy of Being and Nothingness in order better to understand both the latter's strengths and weaknesses and just what consciousness itself, at least for all of us post-Cartesians, must be."—William McBride, Purdue UniversityIn this work, Kathleen V. Wider discusses Jean-Paul Sartre's analysis of consciousness in Being and Nothingness in light of recent work by analytic philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. She brings together phenomenological and scientific understandings of the nature of consciousness and argues that the two approaches can strengthen and suppport each other. Work on consciousness from two very different philosophical traditions—the continental and analytic—contributes to her explanation of the deep-seated intuition that all consciousness is self-consciousness.

Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau Ponty

Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, 170. 37. Cf. Rudi Visker, "Raw Being and Violent Discourse: Foucault, Merleau-Ponty, and the (Dis-) Order of Things," in Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspectives, ed.

Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau Ponty


The Rhythm of Thought

Merleau-Ponty writes: “The unity of binocular vision, and with it the depth without which it cannot come about is, therefore, ... Françoise Dastur, “Thinking from Within,” in Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspectives, ed.

The Rhythm of Thought

Between present and past, visible and invisible, and sensation and idea, there is resonance—so philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty argued and so Jessica Wiskus explores in The Rhythm of Thought. Holding the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé, the paintings of Paul Cézanne, the prose of Marcel Proust, and the music of Claude Debussy under Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological light, she offers innovative interpretations of some of these artists’ masterworks, in turn articulating a new perspective on Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy. More than merely recovering Merleau-Ponty’s thought, Wiskus thinks according to it. First examining these artists in relation to noncoincidence—as silence in poetry, depth in painting, memory in literature, and rhythm in music—she moves through an array of their artworks toward some of Merleau-Ponty’s most exciting themes: our bodily relationship to the world and the dynamic process of expression. She closes with an examination of synesthesia as an intertwining of internal and external realms and a call, finally, for philosophical inquiry as a mode of artistic expression. Structured like a piece of music itself, The Rhythm of Thought offers new contexts in which to approach art, philosophy, and the resonance between them.

Feministische Ph nomenologie und Hermeneutik

... der Archäologie bei Merleau - Ponty und Ricaur siehe Burkhard Liebsch : „ Archeological Questioning . Merleau - Ponty and Ricæur “ , in : Patrick Burke / Jan Van der Veken ( Hg . ) : Merleau - Ponty in Contemporary Perspectives .

Feministische Ph  nomenologie und Hermeneutik


Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers

For example, Merleau-Ponty mites: 'A friend's speech over the telephone brings us the friend himself, ... 1992 Burke, Patrick, and van der Veken, Jan, Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspective, Boston, Kluwer Academic Books, 1993.

Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers

Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers surveys the most important figures who have influenced post-war thought. The reader is guided through structuralism, semiotics, post-Marxism and Annales history, on to modernity and postmodernity. With its comprehensive biographical and bibliographical information, this book provides a vital reference work of the last fifty years.

Contemporary Perspectives on Socialization and Social Development in Early Childhood Education

The toddlers show this in different ways, not always orally, but often by using their bodies (Merleau-Ponty, 1962). The communication is often deep between two or more children, and can be seen as a kind of physical as well as social ...

Contemporary Perspectives on Socialization and Social Development in Early Childhood Education

The purpose of this volume is to present a selection of chapters that reflect current issues relating to children’s socialization processes that help them become successful members of their society. From birth children are unique in their rates of growth and development, including the development of their social awareness and their ability to interact socially. They interpret social events based on their developing life style and environmental experiences. The children’s socialization is influenced by several important social forces including the family and its organization, their peer group, and the significant others in their lives. In “Theories of Socialization and Social Development,” Olivia Saracho and Bernard Spodek describe the children’s socialization forces and the different developmental theories that have influenced our understanding of the socialization process. These include maturationist theory (developed by Arnold Gesell), constructivist theories (developed by such theorists as Jean Piaget, Lev S. Vygotsky, and Jerome Bruner), psychodynamic theories (developed by such theorists as Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, Harry Stack Sullivan, and Alfred Adler), and ecological theory (developed by Urie Bronfenbrenner). Each theory provides interpretations of the meaning of the children’s social development and describes the different characteristics for each age group in the developmental sequences.

Perception and its Development in Merleau Ponty s Phemenology

F.L. Pogson. Mineola: Dover Publications, 2001. Bernet, Rudolf. “The Subject in Nature: Reflections on Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception.” In Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspective, ed. Patrick Burke and Jan Van der Veken.

Perception and its Development in Merleau Ponty s Phemenology

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.

Poetics of the Flesh

74. de Saint Aubert comments that around 1957 MerleauPonty showed interest in the preSocratic elements, ... Invisibility in 'Eye and Mind': Some Remarks on MerleauPonty's Spirituality,” in MerleauPonty in Contemporary Perspectives, ed.

Poetics of the Flesh

In Poetics of the Flesh Mayra Rivera offers poetic reflections on how we understand our carnal relationship to the world, at once spiritual, organic, and social. She connects conversations about corporeality in theology, political theory, and continental philosophy to show the relationship between the ways ancient Christian thinkers and modern Western philosophers conceive of the "body" and "flesh.” Her readings of the biblical writings of John and Paul as well as the work of Tertullian illustrate how Christian ideas of flesh influenced the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Michel Foucault, and inform her readings of Judith Butler, Frantz Fanon, and others. Rivera also furthers developments in new materialism by exploring the intersections among bodies, material elements, social arrangements, and discourses through body and flesh. By painting a complex picture of bodies, and by developing an account of how the social materializes in flesh, Rivera provides a new way to understand gender and race.

Merleau Ponty s Phenomenology of Language

'The Enigma of Reversibility and the Genesis of Sense in MerleauPonty'. Continental Philosophy Review ... In Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspective, edited by Philip Burke and J. van der Veken, 37–50. Dordrecht: Springer. ———. 1998.

Merleau Ponty   s Phenomenology of Language

Through accessible analyses of Merleau-Ponty’s views of linguistic expression and understanding, and by tracing the evolution of these views throughout the course of his philosophical career, Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Language offers a comprehensive picture of his engagement with the philosophy of language.

Immersing in the Concrete

Maurice Merleau-Ponty in the Japanese Perspective Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, S. Matsuba ... M. C. Dillon, “The Unconscious: Language and World,” in Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspectives, Phaenomenologica 129, ed.

Immersing in the Concrete

The world was first introduced to the expertise and originality of Japanese scholars in phenomenology in Analecta Husserliana Vol. IX (1979). The third generation of Japanese scholars, belonging to the newly-founded Merleau-Ponty Japanese Circle, are now presented. Following Merleau-Ponty's tendency, the studies collected here seem to make a fresh phenomenological start in relation to classical Husserlian phenomenology, turning deliberately towards the `concrete', `the wild world', `flesh', `embodiment', `natural signs', `primal nature'. The rule of intentionality, natural language is thereby devalued. The wealth of insights, the freshness of intuition and the seminal power of these fascinating enquiries well merit a close reading.

Merleau Ponty Interiority and Exteriority Psychic Life and the World

... which she read at the meetings of the International Merleau - Ponty Conference in November 1991 at the University of Louvain , Belgium , and which was subsequently published in Merleau - Ponty in Contemporary Perspective , ed .

Merleau Ponty  Interiority and Exteriority  Psychic Life and the World

Explores Merleau-Ponty's approach of taking the phenomenon of the body out of the dualistic constraints of interior and exterior, and the consequences thereof.