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Merleau-Ponty (The Routledge Philosophers) Paperback – July 25, 2008
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‘Carman gives a fresh, clear, and convincing account of Merleau-Ponty's thought. His book is the best available thus far and should be required reading for those interested in Merleau-Ponty's original and important ideas and how they relate both to our pervasive perceptual experience and to current philosophical debate.’ – Hubert Dreyfus, University of California, Berkeley, USA
'This is the best introduction to Merleau-Ponty's work available. It provides a clear and lucid overview of the whole of Merleau-Ponty’s thought, presenting the central ideas and themes of his writings in an accessible yet rigorous way. As such, it will be of interest to beginners and advanced scholars alike.' – Mark Wrathall, University of California, Riverside, USA
'...a wonderful exposition of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy as a whole. It offers clear explanations of Merleau-Ponty's ideas and some of the most significant theories and movements that influenced him, and shows how his thinking developed across the course of his life. In addition, Carman has written with great panache.' – Komarine Romdenh-Romluc, University of Nottingham, UK
'Carman's accounting is nuanced, closely argued, and exceptionally clear. His introduction covers the whole of Merleau-Ponty's considerable corpus, tracing its development and exhibiting its continued relevance for contemporary debates in phenomenology and psychology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. It will be enormously useful to teachers and students seeking an accessible introduction to Merleau-Ponty's writings.' – Wayne Martin, University of Essex, UK
'This book is extremely well written – very clear and engaging – and, with regard to its representation of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, the account is comprehensive and insightful. I would recommend this book as the first and main commentary for students to consult.' – Sebastian Gardner, University College London, UK
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Carman's book is accessible, well-written, and interesting. I thought Carman did an especially good job explaining how important it was for Merleau-Ponty that perception is a bodily phenomenon and that perception opens upon a world. Carman makes it clear that, for Merleau-Ponty, perception is not a spectacle played before the mind, nor is it the relation between a subject and an object. There is a communion between the body and the world that exists before the separation of subject and object - we are of the same stuff as the world - and Carman's discussion of this aspect of Merleau-Ponty's thought helped me to understand Merleau-Ponty's later notion of the flesh.Read more ›
Carman clearly has a great knowledge of M-P and an interesting reading of the philosopher. This book could be much shorter and deeper.