Phenomenology of Perception

By Maurice Merleau-Ponty

First released in 1945, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s enormous Phénoménologie de l. a. belief signalled the arriving of a huge new philosophical and highbrow voice in post-war Europe. Breaking with the existing photograph of existentialism and phenomenology on the time, it has develop into one of many landmark works of twentieth-century notion. This new translation, the 1st for over fifty years, makes this vintage paintings of philosophy on hand to a brand new iteration of readers.

Phenomenology of belief stands within the nice phenomenological culture of Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre. but Merleau-Ponty’s contribution is decisive, as he brings this practice and different philosophical predecessors, quite Descartes and Kant, to confront a overlooked size of our adventure: the lived physique and the outstanding international. Charting a daring direction among the reductionism of technological know-how at the one hand and "intellectualism" at the different, Merleau-Ponty argues that we should always regard the physique no longer as a trifling organic or actual unit, yet because the physique which constructions one’s state of affairs and event in the world.

Merleau-Ponty enriches his vintage paintings with enticing reviews of well-known circumstances within the historical past of psychology and neurology in addition to phenomena that proceed to attract our awareness, reminiscent of phantom limb syndrome, synaesthesia, and hallucination. This new translation comprises many useful positive factors similar to the reintroduction of Merleau-Ponty’s discursive desk of Contents as subtitles into the physique of the textual content, a accomplished Translator’s creation to its major subject matters, crucial notes explaining key words of translation, an in depth Index, and an immense updating of Merleau-Ponty’s references to now on hand English translations.

Also integrated is a brand new foreword by way of Taylor Carman and an creation to Merleau-Ponty by Claude Lefort.

Translated via Donald A. Landes.

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