Time, Memory, Institution

Time, Memory, Institution : Merleau-Ponty's New Ontology of Self

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This collection is the first extended investigation of the relation between time and memory in Maurice Merleau-Ponty's thought as a whole as well as the first to explore in depth the significance of his concept of institution. It brings the French phenomenologist's views on the self and ontology into contemporary focus. Time, Memory, Institution argues that the self is not a self-contained or self-determining identity, as such, but is gathered out of a radical openness to what is not self, and that it gathers itself in a time that is not merely a given dimension, but folds back upon, gathers, and institutes itself.



Access to previously unavailable texts, in particular Merleau-Ponty's lectures on institution and expression, has presented scholars with new resources for thinking about time, memory, and history. These essays represent the best of this new direction in scholarship; they deepen our understanding of self and world in relation to time and memory; and they give occasion to reexamine Merleau-Ponty's contribution and relevance to contemporary Continental philosophy.



This volume is essential reading for scholars of phenomenology and French philosophy, as well as for the many readers across the arts, humanities, and social sciences who continue to draw insight and inspiration from Merleau-Ponty.



Contributors: Elizabeth Behnke, Edward Casey, Veronique Foti, Donald Landes, Kirsten Jacobson, Galen Johnson, Michael Kelly, Scott Marratto, Glen Mazis, Caterina Rea, John Russon, Robert Vallier, and Bernhard Waldenfels
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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Athens, United States
  • English
  • 0821421085
  • 9780821421086
  • 1,589,377

Table of contents

Abbreviations for Works by Merleau-Ponty
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Memory and the Temporality of the Self
The Gift of Memory: Sheltering the I

Kirsten Jacobson, University of Maine
The Depths of Time in the World's Memory of Self

Glen A. Mazis, Penn State Harrisburg
Null-Body, Protean Body, Potent Body, Neutral Body, Wild Body

Elizabeth A. Behnke, Study Project in Phenomenology of the Body
The Impossibilities of the I: Self, Memory, and Language in Merleau-Ponty and Derrida

John Russon, University of Guelph
Part II: Expression, Institution, and Ontology
Memory-Of the Future: Institution and Memory in the Later Merleau-Ponty

Robert Vallier, Sciences-Po Paris / DePaul University
Memory, Sedimentation, Self: The Weight of the Ideal in Bergson and Merleau-Ponty

Donald A. Landes, Concordia University
Expression in Merleau-Ponty's Aesthetics, Philosophy of Nature, and Ontology

Veronique M. Foti, Pennsylvania State University
"This Power to Which We Are Vowed":

Subjectivity and Expression in Merleau-Ponty

Scott Marratto, Michigan Technological University
The Origin of Corporeal Ipseity: Between Lag and Institution

Caterina Rea, Universidade da Integracao da Lusofonia Afro-brasileira (Translated by Darian Meacham)
Part III: The Ontology of Time
The Subject as Time: Merleau-Ponty's Transition from Phenomenology to Ontology

Michael R. Kelly, University of San Diego
Coming and Going of Time

Bernhard Waldenfels, Ruhr University Bochum
The Presence of the Artwork, a Past That Is Not Past: Merleau-Ponty and Paul Klee

Galen A. Johnson, University of Rhode Island
Edges of Time, Edges of Memory

Edward S. Casey, Stony Brook University
Index
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Review quote

"The rich and impressive essays in Time, Memory, Institution make a new and significant contribution to the field, dealing with works of Merleau-Ponty's that have only recently become available in English." -- Jack Reynolds, author of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity "Assembling some of the most important Merleau-Ponty scholars working today, Time, Memory, Institution may be the most important volume on Merleau-Ponty published in many, many years." -- Leonard Lawlor, author of Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy "An important volume, both for bringing together some excellent pieces of Merleau-Ponty scholarship and for opening up an ontological perspective on the self, which definitely merits further research." -- Jakub Capek
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About David Morris

This collection is the first extended investigation of the relation between time and memory in Maurice Merleau-Ponty's thought as a whole and the first to explore in depth the significance of his concept of institution. It brings the French phenomenologist's views on the self and ontology into contemporary focus. Time, Memory, Institution argues that the self is not a self-contained or self-determining identity, as such; it is gathered out of a radical openness to what is not self, and that it gathers itself in a time that is not merely a given dimension, but folds back upon, gathers, and institutes itself.


Access to previously unavailable texts, in particular Merleau-Ponty's lectures on institution and expression, has presented scholars with new resources for thinking about time, memory, and history. These essays represent the best of this new direction in scholarship; they deepen our understanding of self and world in relation to time and memory; and they give occasion to reexamine Merleau-Ponty's contribution and relevance to contemporary Continental philosophy.


This volume is essential reading for scholars of phenomenology and French philosophy, as well as for the many readers across the arts, humanities, and social sciences who continue to draw insight and inspiration from Merleau-Ponty.


Contributors: Elizabeth Behnke, Edward Casey, Veronique Foti, Donald Landes, Kirsten Jacobson, Galen Johnson, Michael Kelly, Scott Marratto, Glen Mazis, Caterina Rea, John Russon, Robert Vallier, and Bernhard Waldenfels
show more