Merleau-Ponty : Key Concepts

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Having initially not had the attention of Sartre or Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty's work is arguably now more widely influential than either of his two contemporaries. "Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts" presents an accessible guide to the core ideas which structure Merleau-Ponty's thinking as well as to his influences and the value of his ideas to a wide range of disciplines. The first section of the book presents the context of Merleau-Ponty's thinking, the major debates of his time, particularly existentialism, phenomenology, the history of philosophy and the philosophy of history and society. The second section outlines his major contributions and conceptual innovations. The final section focuses upon how his work has been taken up in other fields besides philosophy, notably in sociology, cognitive science, health studies, feminism and race theory.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22.86mm | 454g
  • Acumen Publishing Ltd
  • Durham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1844651150
  • 9781844651153

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Interventions 1. Phenomenology and 'hyper-reflection', Ted Toadvine 2. Existentialism: the 'new philosophy', Thomas Busch 3. Between empiricism and intellectualism, Taylor Carman 4. Psychoanalysis, Beata Stawarska 5. Philosophy of history, Sonia Kruks 6. Politics and the political, Diana Coole 7. Art and aesthetics, Hugh Silverman Part II: Inventions 8. Body, David Morris 9. Perception, David Cerbone 10. Ambiguity, Gail Weiss 11. Intersubjectivity and alterity, Michael Sanders 12. Expression, Harry Adams 13. Affect and sensibility, Suzanne Cataldi 14. Nature and animality, Scott Churchill 15. Chiasm and flesh, Fred Evans Part III: Extensions 16. Feminism and race theory, Ann Murphy 17. Cognitive science, Shaun Gallagher 18. Living well and health studies, Philipa Rothfield 19. Sociology, Nicholas Crossley
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A fine introductory work...would serve well as an accompanying textbook in philosophy courses or as a guide for scholars unfamiliar with Merleau-Ponty wishing for a brief, clear, and comprehensive introduction.A" - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "An impressive collection of essays by some of the most influential authors on this key philosopher. The editors have done an excellent job in their choice of essays for inclusion, and have ensured a level of writing that allows for comprehension by those without extensive academic training... An excellent introductory work that will serve anyone who is a novice in the study of Merleau-Ponty as a solid core text. For anyone interested in the work of Merleau-Ponty, it will serve as a springboard and inspiration for more detailed investigations. This is a book to be highly recommended" - Metapsychology Gathering together some of the best writers on Merleau-Ponty to elaborate the most important and central topics of his thinking, this is an impressive volume, truly impressive. All of the essays are clear and rigorous and the themed sections very helpful for readers.A" - Leonard Lawlor, University of Memphis
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About Rosalyn Diprose

Rosalyn Diprose is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. Jack Reynolds is Associate Professor in Philosophy at La Trobe University.
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