David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 118 (1):69--88 (1999)
This article presents an interpretation of Merleau-Ponty's notion of pre-reflective intentionality, explicating the similarities and differences between his and Husserl's understandings of intentionality. The main difference is located in Merleau-Ponty's critique of Husserl's noesis-noema structure. Merleau-Ponty seems to claim that there can be intentional acts which are not of or about anything specific. He defines intentionality by its ``directedness'', which is described as a bodily, concrete spatial motility. Merleau-Ponty's understanding of intentionality is part of his attempt to rewrite the relation between the universal and the particular. He claims that meaning is intrinsic to the phenomenal field and impossible to analyse by a distinction between form and matter. Still, Merleau-Ponty's notion of meaning and philosophy is strictly opposed to any naturalized philosophy. This becomes explicated at the end of the article, where his attempt to embody intentionality is compared to Daniel Dennett's corresponding approach.
|Keywords||Philosophy Philosophy Epistemology Logic Metaphysics Philosophy of Language|
|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
Carl B. Sachs (2014). Discursive and Somatic Intentionality: Merleau-Ponty Contra 'McDowell or Sellars'. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22 (2):199-227.
Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson (2011). Feminist Phenomenology and the Woman in the Running Body. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 5 (3):297 - 313.
Ingunn Elstad & Kirsti Torjuul (2009). Continuity of Nursing and the Time of Sickness. Nursing Philosophy 10 (2):91-102.
Similar books and articles
Damian Norris & T. Brian Mooney (2007). Merleau-Ponty on Human Motility. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 12:93-104.
Shannon Sullivan (1997). Domination and Dialogue in Merleau‐Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception. Hypatia 12 (1):1-19.
Sara Heinämaa (1999). Merleau-Ponty's Modification of Phenomenology: Cognition, Passion and Philosophy. Synthese 118 (1):49-68.
Shannon Sullivan (2000). Feminism and Phenomenology: A Reply to Silvia Stoller. Hypatia 15 (1):183-188.
Rasmus Thybo Jensen (2009). Motor Intentionality and the Case of Schneider. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 8 (3):371-388.
Corbin Collins (1988). Body-Intentionality. Inquiry 31 (December):495-518.
M. C. Dillon (1971). Gestalt Theory and Merleau-Ponty's Concept of Intentionality. Man and World 4 (4):436-459.
Added to index2009-08-01
Total downloads109 ( #37,033 of 1,911,608 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #179,609 of 1,911,608 )
How can I increase my downloads?