1st Edition

Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty

Edited By Komarine Romdenh-Romluc Copyright 2017
    188 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    186 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Ludwig Wittgenstein are two of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century, yet their work is generally regarded as standing in contrast to one another. However, as this outstanding collection demonstrates they both reject a Cartesian picture of the mind and sought to offer an alternative that does justice to the role played by bodily action, language, and our membership within a community that shares a way of life.

    This is the first collection to compare and contrast the work of these two major philosophers. Fundamental topics and problems discussed include the role of community in their philosophies; Merleau-Ponty on description and depiction and Wittgenstein on saying and doing; the role of language; their treatment of expression; their relation to the philosophy of the Vienna Circle; solipsism; and rule-following.

    It is essential reading for anyone studying the work of Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty, as well as those interested in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.


    Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

    1. Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty on Gestalt Psychology

    Katherine J. Morris

    2. Expression

    Kathleen Lennon

    3. Merleau-Ponty and Wittgenstein on Mindreading: Explosing the Myth of the Given Mind

    Søren Overgaard

    4. Community without Conservatism: Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty on the Sociality of Subjectivity

    Chantal Bax

    5. The World and I

    Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

    6. Painting and the Promiscuity of Vision

    Taylor Carman

    7. The Recovery of Indeterminacy in Merleau-Ponty and Wittgenstein

    David R. Cerbone

    8. Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty on Knowledge and Certainty

    Thomas Baldwin


    Komarine Romdenh-Romluc is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, UK.  She is author of The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Merleau-Ponty and Phenomenology of Perception (2010). 

    "Few would dispute that two of the great philosophers of the twentieth century were Ludwig Wittgenstein and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In this new edited collection, we are presented with eight quality papers that grapple with their philosophical relations, touching indirectly on issues relating to the analytic and continental/phenomenological movements that they have both been associated with ... The essays are written by some of the best scholars in the field ... All papers are of high-quality and make important contributions to their fields." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews