The Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty
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Series: Continental European Philosophy
Author(s): Eric Matthews  
ISBN: 1902683528
ISBN-13: 9781902683522
Publication Date: 28/02/2002
Pages: 192 (234 x 156mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £16.99
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In this introduction to the life and thought of one of the most important French thinkers of the twentieth-century Eric Matthews shows how Merleau-Ponty has contributed to current debates in philosophy, such as the nature of consciousness, the relation between biology and personality, the historical understanding of human thought and society, and many others.

Surveying the whole range of Merleau-Ponty's thinking, the author examines his views about the nature of phenomenology and the primacy of perception; his account of human embodiment, being-in-the-world, and his understanding of human behaviour; his conception of the self and its relation to other selves; and his views on society, politics, and the arts. A final chapter considers his later thought, published posthumously. The ideas of Merleau-Ponty are shown to be of immense importance to the development of French philosophy and the author evaluates his distinctive contributions and relates his thought to that of his predecessors, contemporaries and successors, both in France and elsewhere. This unrivalled introduction will be welcomed by philosophers and cognitive scientists as well as students taking courses in contemporary continental philosophy.


"Excellent . . . I have yet to read such a good introduction to Merleau-Ponty's philosophy." Mind

"covers the whole range of Merleau-Ponty's writing, and presents his thinking sympathetically but in a relatively jargon-free manner . . . this is a very worthwhile addition to the philosophical literature on Merleau-Ponty." Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology

"A straightforward introduction, amongst the best of its kind: clear, systematic, accurate and with useful suggestions on how Merleau-Ponty might be compared with other thinkers with whom readers may be more familiar." - Jonathan Rée

"clearly written and avoids the jargon that often characterises the discussion of phenomenological philosophy. It covers the full range of Merleau-Ponty's thought and shows a thorough understanding of continental philosophy in the latter half of the twentieth century. It should be required reading for anyone interested in French philosophy." – David Stewart, Ohio University

Eric Matthews is Honorary Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen.

1. Merleau-Ponty in Context
2. Phenomenology
3. Being-in-the-world
4. Embodiment and Human Action
5. Self and Others
6. Politics in Theory and Practice
7. The Arts
8. The Later Thought

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