David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Philosophical Research 17:287-311 (1992)
The primary concem of this essay is the similarity and difference between Merleau-Ponty’s early (Phenomenology of Perception) and late (The Visible and the lnvisible) philosophy of language. While some argue that Merleau-Ponty’s late work breaks with the earlier text and foreshadows poststructuralist and deconstructionist philosophy of language, I argue (with others) that there is no significant break in Merleau-Ponty’s thought. The similarities discovered between the early and late philosophy of language are 1.) that the body opens onto a world that is shared by all, 2.) that human gestures (of an individual and between individuals) interpenetrate and aim at the same world, and 3.) that the visual field that is already structured by the body/world interaction provides the basis for more abstract linguistic expression. The most fundamental difference discovered between these texts is that Merleau-Ponty abandons his earlier concept of the tacit cogito for the reflexivity of the body. Merleau-Ponty’s attempt to relate this reflexivity to language will also be discussed.Since there is such confusion and debate about the continuity of Merleau-Ponty’s thought, especially with respect to his philosophy of language, I have cast the essay in the form of a comprehensive exposition. The detailed textual exposition serves two purposes. First, it provides a comprehensive essay length introduction to Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of language, and secondly, it reveals Merleau-Ponty’s thoughts in his own words, thus reducing the possibility of misinterpretation
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Douglas Low (1994). The Foundations of Merleau-Ponty's Ethical Theory. Human Studies 17 (2):173 - 187.
Similar books and articles
Douglas Low (2009). Merleau Ponty's Body of Work as a Developing Whole. International Philosophical Quarterly 49 (2):207-227.
David Morris (2008). Body. In Rosalyn Diprose & Jack Reynolds (eds.), Merleau-ponty: Key Concepts. Acumen Publishing. 111-120.
Stephen Priest (1998). Merleau-Ponty. Routledge.
Douglas Low (1994). Merleau-Ponty's Concept of Reason. Journal of Philosophical Research 19:109-125.
Mauro Carbone (2004). The Thinking of the Sensible: Merleau-Ponty's a-Philosophy. Northwestern University Press.
Trevor Perri (2013). Image and Ontology in Merleau-Ponty. Continental Philosophy Review 46 (1):75-97.
Judith Wambacq (2011). Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Criticism of Bergson's Theory of Time Seen Through The Work of Gilles Deleuze. Studia Phaenomenologica 11 (1):309-325.
Linda Singer (1981). Merleau-Ponty on the Concept of Style. Man and World 14 (2):153-163.
Douglas Low (2009). Merleau-Ponty's Corpus. Journal of Philosophical Research 34:391-436.
Martín Plot (2012). Our Element: Flesh and Democracy in Merleau-Ponty. [REVIEW] Continental Philosophy Review 45 (2):235-259.
M. C. Dillon (1971). Gestalt Theory and Merleau-Ponty's Concept of Intentionality. Man and World 4 (4):436-459.
Véronique Marion Fóti (2013). Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Biology, and Ontology. Northwestern University Press.
Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan (2007). That Which “has No Name in Philosophy”: Merleau-Ponty and the Language of Literature. [REVIEW] Human Studies 30 (4):395 - 409.
Dorothea Olkowski (2010). In Search of Lost Time, Merleau-Ponty, Bergson, and the Time of Objects. Continental Philosophy Review 43 (4):525-544.
Added to index2011-12-02
Total downloads15 ( #106,538 of 1,098,785 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #174,018 of 1,098,785 )
How can I increase my downloads?