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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (French pronunciation: [mɔʁis mɛʁlopɔ̃ti]) (14 March 1908 – 3 May 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. He was the only major phenomenologist of the first half of the twentieth century to engage extensively with the sciences and especially with descriptive psychology.


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  • Series: Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810102536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810102538
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher; he died suddenly of a stroke in 1961 at age 53. He wrote many books such as The Visible and the Invisible, The Primacy of Perception, Humanism and Terror: An Essay on the Communist Problem, The Structure of Behavior, The Prose of the World, In Praise of Philosophy and Other Essays, etc.

This 1960 book contains various writings of Merleau-Ponty---mostly on the philosophy of “expression”---that were composed during the last decade of his life.

He wrote in the Introduction, “Marx’s theses can remain true as the Pythagorean theorem is true: no longer in the same sense it was true for the one who invented it---as an immutable truth and a property of space itself---but as a property of a certain model of space among other possible spaces.” (Pg. 10) He continues, “The philosopher who maintains that the ‘historical process’ passes through his study is laughed at. He gets his revenge by settling the accounts of history’s absurdities. Such is his job in a vaudeville show which is now a century old.
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