The Primacy of Perception

The Primacy of Perception

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The Primacy of Perception brings together a number of important studies by Maurice Merleau-Ponty that appeared in various publications from 1947 to 1961. The title essay, which is in essence a presentation of the underlying thesis of his Phenomenology of Perception, is followed by two courses given by Merleau-Ponty at the Sorbonne on phenomenological psychology. "Eye and Mind" and the concluding chapters present applications of Merleau-Ponty's ideas to the realms of art, philosophy of history, and politics. Taken together, the studies in this volume provide a systematic introduction to the major themes of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy.
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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 151.13 x 227.84 x 18.29mm | 367.41g
  • Evanston, United States
  • English
  • 0810101645
  • 9780810101647
  • 284,166

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This book consists of Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.
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The Primacy of Perception... ranges all the way from questions of epistemology, methodology, and phenomenological psychology to matters of art, history, and politics." - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
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About M. Merleau-Ponty

Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher, strongly influenced by Karl Marx, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger in addition to being closely associated with Jean-Paul Sartre (who later stated he had been "converted" to Marxism by Merleau-Ponty ) and Simone de Beauvoir. At the core of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is a sustained argument for the foundational role that perception plays in understanding the world as well as engaging with the world. Like the other major phenomenologists, Merleau-Ponty expressed his philosophical insights in writings on art, literature, linguistics, and politics.
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