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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 ContentsPreface
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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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Merleau-Ponty wrote most of this book while he was a prisoner of war. It is not just academic techno-babble or logic or analysis. It is about the ability to taste life. It is about the ability to use language as a gift to discover the world and others. It is about what it means to be an authentic person. Some stuck-up philosophers think this book just repeats the same simple message over and over, and it does revolve around a theme. It has a message that if you need to hear, it can be life changing. If you feel separated from life by too much thought or too many questions, it can help articulate the psychology of living fully. At the very least, it can challenge your idea of what philosphy is supposed to be.
A wonderful book on philosophy. Really gets thoughts churning and turning and keeps your interest. Very deep read.