Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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Merleau-Ponty, Maurice


Born Mar. 14, 1908, in Rochefort-sur-Mer; died May 4, 1961, in Paris. French idealist philosopher of the phenomenological school; some of MerleauPonty’s views had much in common with existentialism.

Merleau-Ponty studied philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure, where he worked closely with J.-P. Sartre (breaking with him in 1953) and with J. Hippolyte. He was also influenced by Gestalt psychology. In 1945, Merleau-Ponty became a professor at the University of Lyon and later at the Sorbonne (1949) and at the College de France (1952).

While working on the unpublished writings of E. Husserl, the founder of phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty arrived at a broader interpretation of intentionality as a characteristic not only of consciousness but of man’s whole relation to the world. Accordingly, he introduced the concept of preconscious (bodily) existence, which is sentient, because it is open to the world and not shut up in itself as a thing is. All of man’s being is the realization and revelation of his existence, which is accomplished by the infinite dialogue of the subject with the world. The subject and the world are the two poles of a single phenomenal field, in which the subject is always situationally bound and therefore can never be completely revealed and known.

In some of his works, Merleau-Ponty was critical of communism and attacked dialectical materialism.


Phénoménologie de la perception. Paris, 1945.
Humanisme et terreur: Essai sur le problème communiste. Paris, 1947.
Sens et nonsens. Paris, 1948.
Les Aventures de la dialectique, 16th ed. Paris, 1955.
Signes. Paris, 1960.
Eloge de la philosophic et autres essais. Paris, 1965.
La Structure du comportement, 6th ed. Paris, 1967.
La Prose du monde. Paris, 1969.
Le Visible et /’invisible. Paris, 1971.


Korolev, E. E. “Zlokliucheniia antimarksizma.” Voprosy filosofii, no. 4, 1956.
Kuznetsov, V. N. Frantsuzskaia burzhuaznaia filosofiia 20 v. Moscow, 1970. Pages 285–94.
De Waelhens, P. A. Une Philosophic de rambigui’te, 3rd ed. Paris, 1968.
Les Temps modernes, 1961, vol. 17, nos. 184–85.
Kwant, R. C. The Phenomenological Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. Pittsburgh, 1963.
Kwant, R. C. From Phenomenology to Metaphysics. Pittsburgh, 1966.
Langan, T. Merleau-Ponty !$• Critique of Reason. New Haven-London, 1966.


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Para Merleau Ponty la percepcion se realiza desde una perspectiva determinada, pero no quedamos atrapados en ella.
Merleau Ponty afirma que a maneira como percebemos o meio atraves do corpo estabelece uma forma de percepcao do mesmo.
--(1991), "Le sens de l'auto-affection chez Michel Henry et Merleau Ponty", Affectivite etpensee, Epokhe 2, Grenoble, Millon, 417 p.
Gely, "La Question de l'evenement dans la phenornenologie de Merleau Ponty", pp.
Merleau Ponty, 'Working Notes' in The Visible and the Invisible, A.
If the term "gap" evokes a play like Not 1, with its "god-forsaken hole" that speaks its fragments of a life from a void of quasi-embodiment, this is because Merleau Ponty's analysis outlines a corporeal paradox that Beckett's Mouth carries to its extremes.
Segun el filosofo, "en estos casos de desintegracion, el alma y el cuerpo son aparentemente distintos, y esta es la verdad del dualismo" (Merleau Ponty 1975, p.
En otras palabras, el sentido "debil" del que habla Merleau Ponty, se refiere al "tener" referido a los dominios de las cosas y su materialidad, que en definitiva es siempre relativa.
Lecturas sobre el legado de Husserl en la fenomenologia francesa (Merleau Ponty, Levinas, Ricoeur y Ladriere).