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 big new philosophical and highbrow voice in post-war Europe. Breaking with the present photograph of existentialism and phenomenology on the time, it has turn into one of many landmark works of twentieth-century proposal. This new translation, the 1st for over fifty years, makes this vintage paintings of philosophy to be had 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 missed size of our event: the lived physique and the outstanding international. Charting a daring path 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 now not as a trifling organic or actual unit, yet because the physique which buildings one’s scenario and event in the world.

Merleau-Ponty enriches his vintage paintings with attractive stories of well-known circumstances within the heritage of psychology and neurology in addition to phenomena that proceed to attract our realization, comparable to phantom limb syndrome, synaesthesia, and hallucination. This new translation comprises many beneficial good points similar to the reintroduction of Merleau-Ponty’s discursive desk of Contents as subtitles into the physique of the textual content, a complete Translator’s advent to its major issues, crucial notes explaining key phrases of translation, an intensive Index, and a massive updating of Merleau-Ponty’s references to now to be had English translations.

Also incorporated is a brand new foreword through Taylor Carman and an creation to Merleau-Ponty by Claude Lefort.

Translated by means of Donald A. Landes.

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