1st Edition

Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty

ISBN 9780415625128
Published April 17, 2017 by Routledge
186 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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