ISBN-10:
0415278406
ISBN-13:
9780415278409
Pub. Date:
05/03/2002
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Phenomenology of Perception / Edition 2

Phenomenology of Perception / Edition 2

by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
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Overview

Challenging and rewarding in equal measure, Phenomenology of Perception is Merleau-Ponty's most famous work. Impressive in both scope and imagination, it uses the example of perception to return the body to the forefront of philosophy for the first time since Plato. Drawing on case studies such as brain-damaged patients from the First World War, Merleau-Ponty brilliantly shows how the body plays a crucial role not only in perception but in speech, sexuality and our relation to others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415278409
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/03/2002
Series: Routledge Classics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maurice Merleau-Ponty was born in 1908 in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France. Drawn to philosophy from a young age, Merleau-Ponty would go on to study alongside Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Simone Weil at the famous École Normale Supérieure. He completed a Docteur ès lettres based on two dissertations, La structure du comportement (1942) and Phénoménologie de la perception (1945). After a brief post at the University of Lyon, Merleau-Ponty returned to Paris in 1949 when he was awarded the Chair of Psychology and Pedagogy at the Sorbonne. In 1952 he became the youngest philosopher ever appointed to the prestigious Chair of Philosophy at the Collège de France. He died suddenly of a stroke in 1961 aged fifty-three, at the height of his career. He is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Table of Contents

Preface
INTRODUCTION: TRADITIONAL PREJUDICES AND THE RETURN TO PHENOMENA
1. The 'Sensation' as a Unit of Experience
2. 'Association' and the 'Projection of Memories'
3. 'Attention' and 'Judgement'
4. The Phenomenal Field
PART ONE: THE BODY
Experience and objective thought. The problem of the body
1. The Body as Object and Mechanistic Physiology
2. The Experience of the Body and Classical Psychology
3. The Spatiality of One's own Body and Motility
4. The Synthesis of One's own Body
5. The Body in its Sexual Being
6. The Body as Expression, and Speech
PART TWO: THE WORLD AS PERCEIVED
The theory of the body is already a theory of perception
1. Sense Experience
2. Space
3. The Thing and the Natural World
4. Other Selves and the Human World
PART THREE: BEING-FOR-ITSELF AND BEING-IN-THE-WORLD
1. The Cogito
2. Temporality
3. Freedom
Bibliography
Index

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