1st Edition

Reading Merleau-Ponty On Phenomenology of Perception

Edited By Thomas Baldwin Copyright 2007
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    1. David Smith

    The Flesh of Perception: Merleau-Ponty and Husserl

    2. Sean Kelly

    What do we see (when we do)?

    3. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

    Merleau-Ponty and the Power to Reckon with the Possible

    4. Herbert Dreyfus

    Reply to Romdenh-Romluc

    5. Mark Wrathall

    The Phenomenology of Social Rules

    6. Thomas Baldwin

    Speaking and Spoken Speech

    7. Simon Glendinning

    The Genius of Man

    8. Naomi Eilan

    Consciousness, Self-Consciousness and Communication

    9. Eran Dorfman

    Perception, Freedom and Radical Reflection

    10. Françoise Dastur

    Philosophy and Non-Philosophy



    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