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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-61) was described by Paul Ricoeur as 'the greatest of the French phenomenologists'. The essays in this volume examine the full scope of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, from his central and abiding concern with the nature of perception and the bodily constitution of intentionality to his reflections on science, nature, art, history, and politics. The authors explore the historical origins and context of his thought as well as its continuing relevance to contemporary work in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, biology, art criticism and political and social theory. What emerges is a fresh image of Merleau-Ponty as a deep and original thinker whose philosophical importance has been underestimated, in part owing to the influence of intellectual movements such as existentialism and structuralism, into which his work could not be easily assimilated. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Merleau-Ponty currently available.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521007771
ISBN-10: 0521007771
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Professor Taylor Carman

Taylor Carman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University. Mark B. N. Hansen is Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University.

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