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Nature and Logos: A Whiteheadian Key to Merleau-Ponty's Fundamental Thought Paperback – January 2, 2012
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..".an immensely important contribution ... Nature and Logos is an exemplary work of scholarship ... Hamrick and Van der Veken present an exciting, creative, and relevant contribution to the ongoing task of experiencing and conceptualizing the profundity of the world." -- Worldviews"Nature and Logos is one of the most important works on Merleau-Ponty's philosophy to appear recently. The authors' erudition and painstaking scholarship inform their original perspective. This is an indispensable work, a tour-de-force offering another important piece to the puzzle of understanding the sometimes enigmatic later work of Merleau-Ponty." -- Duane H. Davis, editor of Merleau-Ponty's Later Works and Their Practical Implications: The Dehiscence of Responsibility "This represents a definite advance in philosophical scholarship. The book adds to our interest and understanding of Merleau-Ponty and Whitehead." -- Robert Daud, Pasadena City College
About the Author
William S. Hamrick is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and has written and edited several books, including (with coeditor Suzanne L. Cataldi) Merleau-Ponty and Environmental Philosophy: Dwelling on the Landscapes of Thought, also published by SUNY Press. Jan Van der Veken is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and has written and edited several books, including (with coeditor Patrick Burke) Merleau-Ponty in Contemporary Perspectives.
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Merleau-Ponty expressed the meaning prefigured in nature through the Stoics' notion of the logos endiathetos - the logos in-built in creation, which permeates nature, through which the universe "holds together," and which achieves expression and clarity through the logos proforikos. The middle part of the work shows us how Merleau-Ponty's dominant processist influences (Schelling and Bergson) considered these primordial and emergent levels of reality. We learn much about both these philosophers (I have a new appreciation for Schelling), whose views are evaluated generally and with respect to those of Merleau-Ponty.
All of this helps us to develop a clear picture of Merleau-Ponty's ontology of the flesh, which then allows comparison with Whitehead's process metaphysics and finds many deep similarities between Whitehead's more formal panexperientialistic approach and Merleau-Ponty's expressive, sensual world (e.g. for both, the subject, consciousness and life emerge from Nature rather than being inserted into it or being a transcendental condition of it) - similarities which can be expanded upon to build a true future philosophical path. Damn the scientific materialism, full speed ahead!
As an unqualified autodidact I'm always searching for coherent and complete sources such as this, and it delivers more than it promises in that it is such a helpful aid in the difficult, all-important process of overcoming dualism.