Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908 – 1961) is hailed as one of the key philosophers of the twentieth century. Phenomenology of Perception is his most famous and influential work, and an essential text for anyone seeking to understand phenomenology. In this GuideBook Komarine Romdenh-Romluc introduces and assesses:
- Merleau-Ponty’s life and the background to his philosophy
- the key themes and arguments of Phenomenology of Perception
- the continuing importance of Merleau-Ponty’s work to philosophy.
Merleau-Ponty and Phenomenology of Perception is an ideal starting point for anyone coming to his great work for the first time. It is essential reading for students of Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology and related subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology 2. Traditional Prejuduces and the Return to Phenomena 3. The Body 4. The World and its Relation to Consciousness 5. Other Selves and the Human World 6. The Mind I - Preception, Action and Emotion 7. The Mind II - Thought 8. Temporality Bibliography Index
Komarine Romdenh-Romluc is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her current research is on Merleau-Ponty's early philosophy.
'An excellent book. Written in an inviting, jargon-free style, it offers sophisticated argumentation and illuminating commentary on the central philosophical issues at stake in Phenomenology of Perception, without descending into technicalities of interest only to specialists.' – Taylor Carman, Barnard College, USA
'Komarine Romdenh-Romluc offers an extremely lucid account of Merleau-Ponty’s landmark work, Phenomenology of Perception. She reconstructs Merleau-Ponty’s arguments in an elegant and readily intelligible fashion, and deals clearly and coherently with many of the most difficult aspects his work.' – Mark Wrathall, University of California, Riverside, USA