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Phenomenology of Perception (Routledge Classics) Paperback – January 13, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0415045568 ISBN-10: 0415045568 Edition: New edition

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  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (January 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415045568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415045568
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Text: English, French (translation)

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This early work of Merleau-Ponty is one of the great works of phenomenology.
"hyperjeff"
Originally, I read this book as part of a Philosophy of the Body course, in companion with Sartre's magnum opus, Being and Nothingness.
Anthony L. Macri, Jr.
Donald Landes has done the job right this time, and is supported by an excellent introduction by Taylor Carman.
Alex Levine

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88 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Alex Levine on January 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is difficult to overstate the importance of this new edition of a twentieth century classic, or the magnitude of the translator's achievement. For five decades the English-language reception of PHENOMENOLOGY OF PERCEPTION has been hampered by the Colin Smith translation, rushed into print shortly after the author's death, apparently with no competent editorial supervision. Donald Landes has done the job right this time, and is supported by an excellent introduction by Taylor Carman. To give a flavor of what's changed, here's a passage from Merleau-Ponty's original, from the opening paragraph of Part I, Ch. 5, "The Body as a Sexed Being":

Or tant que nous nous adressions à l'espace ou à la chose perçue, il n'était pas facile de redécouvrir le rapport du sujet incarné et de son monde, parce qu'ile se transforme de lui-même dans le pur commerce du sujet épistémologique et de l'objet (p. 180).

In the Smith translation, this passage reads:

Now so long as we considered space or the things perceived, it was not easy to rediscover the relationship between the embodied subject and its world, because it is transformed by its own activity into the intercourse between the epistemological subject and the object (p. 178).

Translating 'commerce' as 'intercourse' in a chapter on the body as sexed being gives precisely the wrong impression, and has led to numerous wholly specious interpretations. Here is Landes's text:

But insofar as we focused on space or the perceived thing, it was not easy to discover the relation between the embodied subject and his world because this relation transforms itself in the pure exchange between the epistemological subject and the object (p. 156).

Thank you, Donald Landes, Taylor Carman, and Routledge Press!
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Science Geek on March 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
As shown in his first book, The Structure of Behavior, and this extension of that piece, Merleau-Ponty was a philosopher who was way ahead of his time.
While Husserl was off sputtering abstractly about phenomenology and 'essences', Merleau-Ponty planted himself squarely into the concrete, thick, world of lived experience: this book is a detailed phenomenological description of of attention, memory, space-perception, free will, and other psychological/phenomenological categories. M-P claims that simply by paying attention to this lifeworld, we see that previous philosophical systems have overlooked ineliminable dimensions of what it is like to be a person, and that this oversight has led to radically incomplete philosophical accounts of things like memory, perception, etc..
The book is so rich, original, and nuanced that it is hard to do it justice in a short review here. Not saddling himself with narrow academic techniques or fields, he draws on any resources he can to come to make sense of human experience. He cites not only philosophers such as Heidegger and Sarte, but draws equally heavily upon the Gestalt psychologists and neuroscientists of his day. He discusses phantom limbs, experiments on spatial perception, and psychophysical results from the Gestalt psychologists.
Many ideas that are popular in modern analytic philosophy and psychology can be found in this book: the view that 'sense data' are simply theoretical constructs, the view that attention focuses on objects not abstract spatial locations, and the claim that our original concepts cannot be understood independently of the embodied interactions with the world where we first come to use them.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anthony L. Macri, Jr. on August 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Originally, I read this book as part of a Philosophy of the Body course, in companion with Sartre's magnum opus, Being and Nothingness. Trying to keep the two thinkers separate was quite easy, because of the difference in approach and ideas that they both take. Sartre relies on a dualism and intellectualism not easily understood, resulting in a complex and amorphous work, which is still utterly powerful.
M-P, however, as one review said, remains in the concrete experience of everyday life. Perception, the way the mind interprets the senses, the importance of memory, time, and freedom in the world, are all utterly important in this work. M-P provides a work which attempts to synthesize psychology, physicality, and philosophy resulting in a more holistic and foundational work than many 20th century philosophers.
This book can be read as philosophy or psychology, in fact, any course on perception in a Psychology department should read it. Anyone wishing to discuss the question of Pontius Pilate ("What is truth?") should read this book. It touches on so many themes of intellectual life that it will become perhaps the most influential work of philosophy of the 20th century, vying with Sartre's Being and Nothingness and Heidegger's Being and Time.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on January 15, 2013
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This is the new definitive translation which returns the reader to reading much more of the text than trying to understand the translation of Phenomenology of Perception (PoP), incredibly helpful and scholarly notes, and a powerfully useful index. Included in the margins is reference to the 2005 French edition pagination. For other edition concordances you can google "Concordance of Editions" of MP's POP and thereby coordinate with all other versions, French and English.

I think Simon de Beauvoir's quote on the cover jacket (above) summarizes it all--"the human condition is at stake in this book."

For fun, here is my summary of the Introduction:

Phenomoneology is about describing, not explaining or analyzing, neither constructing nor constituting. I am not a man or a consciousness, but the absolute source. My existence moves out and sustains my physical and social surroundings. I am in and toward the world and it is in the world that I know myself. I know about dreams and reality because I have an experience of the difference, so my problem is to make explicit my primordial knowledge of the "real, " the perception of the world as our idea of the truth. The world is what we perceive.

Beauty: Kant demonstrated there is a unity of the imagination and the understanding, a unity of subjects prior to the object. As in beauty there is harmony between the sensible and the concept, between myself and another. The hidden art of the imagination gives rise to discovering of oneself and appreciating oneself, not just as the aesthetic which grounds the unity of consciousness, but also as knowledge.
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