Phenomenology of Perception

Phenomenology of Perception

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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.
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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 43.43mm | 612g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0415278414
  • 9780415278416
  • 58,742

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 1: 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 2: 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 3: BEING-FOR-ITSELF AND BEING-IN-THE-WORLD, 1. The Cogito, 2. Temporality, 3. Freedom, Bibliography, Index.
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'Merleau-Ponty was one of the most substantial French philosophers of the twentieth century.' - Times Literary Supplement
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