Phenomenology of Perception

By Maurice Merleau-Ponty

First released in 1945, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s huge Phénoménologie de los angeles belief signalled the coming of a tremendous new philosophical and highbrow voice in post-war Europe. Breaking with the existing photograph of existentialism and phenomenology on the time, it has develop into one of many landmark works of twentieth-century inspiration. This new translation, the 1st for over fifty years, makes this vintage paintings of philosophy to be had to a brand new iteration of readers.

Phenomenology of notion stands within the nice phenomenological culture of Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre. but Merleau-Ponty’s contribution is decisive, as he brings this practice and different philosophical predecessors, rather Descartes and Kant, to confront a ignored measurement of our event: the lived physique and the outstanding global. Charting a daring path among the reductionism of technological know-how at the one hand and "intellectualism" at the different, Merleau-Ponty argues that we should always regard the physique now not as a trifling organic or actual unit, yet because the physique which buildings one’s state of affairs and adventure in the world.

Merleau-Ponty enriches his vintage paintings with attractive experiences of well-known situations within the background of psychology and neurology in addition to phenomena that proceed to attract our consciousness, corresponding to phantom limb syndrome, synaesthesia, and hallucination. This new translation contains many beneficial beneficial properties akin to the reintroduction of Merleau-Ponty’s discursive desk of Contents as subtitles into the physique of the textual content, a entire Translator’s advent to its major subject matters, crucial notes explaining key phrases of translation, an intensive Index, and a big updating of Merleau-Ponty’s references to now on hand English translations.

Also integrated is a brand new foreword by way of Taylor Carman and an advent to Merleau-Ponty by Claude Lefort.

Translated via Donald A. Landes.

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