Phenomenology and the Social World
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Phenomenology and the Social World : The Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty and Its Relation to the Social Sciences

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The term 'phenomenology' has become almost as over-used and emptied of meaning as that other word from Continental Philosophy, namely 'existentialism'. Yet Husserl, who first put forward the phenomenological method, considered it a rigorous alternative to positivism, and in the hands of Merleau-Ponty, a disciple of Husserl in France, phenomenology became a way of gaining a disciplined and coherent perspective on the world in which we live. When this study originally published in 1977 there were only a few books in English on Merleau-Ponty's philosophy. It introduced the reader and suggested how his thought might throw light on some of the assumptions and presuppositions of certain contemporary forms of Anglo-Saxon philosophy and social science. It also demonstrates how phenomenology seeks to unite philosophy and social science, rather than define them as mutually exclusive domains of knowledge.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.19mm | 408g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 113899488X
  • 9781138994881

Table of contents

Preface Introduction 1. The Programme of Existential Phenomenology 2. Speech 3. Society 4. Marxism 5. Ethics 6. Philosophy 7. Conclusionshow more

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