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 Merleau-Ponty : Interiority and Exteriority, Psychic Life and the World
coverMerleau-Ponty's Ontology (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) by M. C. Dillon

Originally 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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Merleau-Ponty, Maurice - Biography


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 Husserl.

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...


Existentialism and Maurice Merleau-Ponty by Katharena Eiermann

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.


Merleau-Ponty on Aphasia

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, a 20th century French phenomenologist, contends that aphasia is a disruption of the analytical powers of association.


Merleau-ponty Circle

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...


Merleau-Ponty:  The Paradigm and Phenomenology of Body


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...


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