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Reading Merleau-Ponty
On Phenomenology of Perception

Edited By

Thomas Baldwin

ISBN 9780415399944
Published August 14, 2007 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important contributions to philosophy of the twentieth century. In this volume, leading philosophers from Europe and North America examine the nature and extent of Merleau-Ponty's achievement and consider its importance to contemporary philosophy.

The chapters, most of which were specially commissioned for this volume, cover the central aspects of Merleau-Ponty's influential work. These include:

  • Merleau-Ponty’s debt to Husserl
  • Merleau-Ponty’s conception of philosophy
  • perception, action and the role of the body
  • consciousness and self-consciousness
  • naturalism and language
  • social rules and freedom.

Contributors: David Smith, Sean Kelly, Komarine Romdenh-Romluc, Hubert Dreyfus, Mark Wrathall, Thomas Baldwin, Simon Glendinning, Naomi Eilan, Eran Dorfman, Francoise Dastur



Tom Baldwin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of York, UK.


'Reading Reading Merleau-Ponty, and in addition, reading Merleau-Ponty, as the former makes clear, are worthwhile enterprises for anyone who wants to enter into some of the most interesting discussions of perception, language, embodied cognition, intersubjectivity, and even the very concept of phenomenological philosophy today.'Shaun Gallagher, University of Central Florida, USA, Mind, Vol. 118 . 472 . October 2009