(Studies in Phenomenology and Existential
Philosophy) by M. C. Dillon
published in 1988, M. C. Dillon's classic study of Merleau-Ponty
is now available in a revised second edition containing a new
preface and a new chapter on "Truth in Art." Dillon's
general thesis is that Merleau-Ponty has developed the first
genuine alternative to ontological dualism seen in Western
philosophy. From his early work on the philosophical
significance of the human body to his later ontology of flesh,
Merleau-Ponty shows that the perennial problems growing out of
dualistic conceptions of mind and body, subject and object,
immanence and transcendence can be resolved within the framework
of a new way of thinking based on the exemplar of the worldly
embodiment of thought..
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Even though he perhaps remained a French ‘philosopher
of consciousness’ Maurice Merleau-Ponty separated himself gradually from
the phenomenology of Jean-Paul Sartre, and perhaps also from that of
Specifically, Merleau-Ponty brought Saussure into his
reflections and teachings on language in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
During the 1950s, he was also well aware of Saussure's influence on the
work of Lévi-Strauss and formed a close alliance with the latter, who
eventually became his colleague at the Collège de France...
Katharena Eiermann's tribute to
existentialism and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Site includes biography, essays,
articles, photos, quotes and links to related sites on the WWW.
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, a 20th century
French phenomenologist, contends that aphasia is a disruption of the
analytical powers of association.
The Circle was founded in 1993 by a group of scholars
especially concerned with Merleau-Ponty's thought. At present we have more
than 100 members. Besides holding annual conferences in autumn, we issue Les
études merleau-pontiennes, the journal of our society every year. We
have been making a database of theses, papers, and books concerning
Merleau-Ponty and keeping in close contact with Merleau-Ponty scholars in
America, France, and Italy. We welcome not only philosophers who wish to
acquire a deeper understanding of Merleau-Ponty's writings but also
individuals from various disciplines who are interested in his work...
The paradigm of Christ which assumes the totality of
life has a strong affinity with Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology which also
tries to integrate life from the stand point of what he calls 'body
scheme'. Husserl's phenomenological reduction is still a reduction on the
conscious level. What Merleau-Ponty aimed to attain by the reduction was
to reach pre-conscious intention, which he called the operative intention.
This is actually the primordial form of life's movement in the Paradigm...