Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Basic Writings

ISBN: 0415315875
ISBN 13: 9780415315876
By: Maurice Merleau-Ponty Thomas Baldwin

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Merleau-Ponty was a pivotal figure in twentieth-century French philosophy. He was responsible for bringing the phenomenological methods of the German philosophers - Husserl and Heidegger - to France and instigated a new wave of interest in this approach. His influence extended well beyond the boundaries of philosophy and can be seen in theories of politics, psychology, art and language. This is the first volume to bring together a comprehensive selection of Merleau-Ponty's writing. Sections from the following are included: The Primacy of Perception Structure of Behavior The Phenomenology of Perception The Prose of the World The Visible and the Invisible Sense and Non-sense The Adventures of the Dialectic In a substantial introduction Thomas Baldwin provides a critical discussion of the main themes of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, connecting it to subsequent philosophical debates and setting it in the context of the ideas of Bergson, Husserl, Heidegger and Sartre. Each text is also prefaced with an explanation which sets it in its context in Merleau-Ponty's work; and there are extensive suggestions for further reading to enable students to pursue the issues raised by Merleau-Ponty. Th

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