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The work of French philosopher Maurice Merleau Ponty touches on some of the most essential and vital concerns of the world today yet his ideas are difficult and not widely understood Lawrence Hass redresses this problem by offering an exceptionally clear carefully argued critical appreciation of Merleau Ponty's philosophy Hass provides insight into the philosophical methods and major concepts that characterize Merleau Ponty's thought uestions concerning the nature of phenomenology perceptual experience embodiment intersubjectivity expression and philosophy of language are fully and systematically discussed with reference to main currents and discussions in contemporary philosophy The result is a refreshingly jargon free invitation into Merleau Ponty's important and transformational way of understanding human experience


10 thoughts on “Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy (Studies in Continental Thought)

  1. says:

    One morning the instructor in an art studio placed an apple on a table and told the students to get busy Those students with a Cartesian background presented the ideal apple with perfect shape and shine and extras like a stem and deep iridescence Theirs was a mental 're presentation' of the external The existentialists on the other hand painted the actual apple with flaws in shape and color bruises and even a fly attending to a small fissure in its skin Included in the scene were depictions of the table the cloth below the apple and even a vague reflection of the apple in a mirror The phenomenological methodexpects a perception of the visible world as a Gestalt synergy of inter relationships and inter subjectivities of focal points actual selves or things present in a field or background that provides meaning The one Buddhist in the class possessed great euanimity as she complemented the work by all the students Her own depiction was of course empty


  2. says:

    After reading the excellent At the Existentialist Cafe I became curious to learn about Merleau Ponty’s phenomenology I chose Lawrence Hass’ introduction and I think this was the correct approach seeing it would have been pretty difficult to read several of the original texts without much preparation I think the Merleau Ponty ontology of expression language ideas and the interconnected self things others visible world is a modern and credible approach replacing the dualistic mind body type approaches of Descartes and others And I enjoyed reading a philosophical book after a long break and using words like phenomenology in a review


  3. says:

    ??? 2000s favourite book on merleau ponty 2010 though it might be this is just the latest read i wish he had not died so relatively young for a philosopher though i find it easier to read about his thoughts than to read his own work i am steeped in continental philosophy i began with sartre and have gone on to m p then some heidegger and while sartre is the best writer it is particularly the ideas of embodied being from m p that i find most convincing there is a certain indefinable pleasure in feeling i understand ideas of his philosophy


  4. says:

    Lawrence Hass' treatment of Merleau Ponty's is thorough and well written While I agree with Hass' assessment regarding Merleau Ponty's philosophy as a philosophy of expression he only really develops this view at the end of the book and as such the book suffers from being too much of an introduction to Merleau Ponty's philosophy and not an elaboration of that thought All in all though I think this would be a readable introduction for someone who has never encountered Merleau Ponty


  5. says:

    The writing is prolix and sometimes maddening but this is a surprisingly good book The author's description of the Visible and the Invisible is valuable and his extensive efforts to explicate his ideas pay off This is a book that I will come back to