Perception and its Development in Merleau-Ponty's Phemenology

Perception and its Development in Merleau-Ponty's Phemenology

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Edited by Kirsten Jacobson and John Russon
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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.

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.

Dedication

Acknowledgements

A Note on Citations .

Introduction:

Part I: Passivity and Intersubjectivity

Part II: Generality and Objectivity

Part III: Meaning and Ambiguity

Part IV: Expression

Bibliography

Contributor Biographies

"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