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Summary Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) is best known for his contributions to phenomenology, in particular to phenomenological approaches to the body, perception, and consciousness in relation to nature. This also leads him to contributions in aesthetics, ontology, and the philosophy of nature, philosophy of science and philosophy of psychology. Through critical engagement with Marxism, in his philosophical and popular writings, he also contributes to social and political philosophy. A contemporary and colleague of figures such as Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Lacan, he was a public intellectual in France. He was Chair of Child Psychology and Pedagogy at the Sorbonne from 1949-52, and was appointed Chair of Philosophy at the Collége de France in 1952. He passed away suddenly at the age of 53, leaving behind a rich though incomplete project in phenomenological ontology and an array of unpublished notes and lectures.
Key works The monographs published by Merleau-Ponty in his lifetime (here listed for the English reader in translation, but with original publication dates) are Structure of Behaviour (1943), Phenomenology of Perception (1945), Humanism and Terror (1947), In Praise of Philosophy (1953), and Adventures of the Dialectic (1955). As well, he published collections of essays in Sense and Non-Sense (1948) and Signs (1960). At the time of this death Merleau-Ponty was working on a monograph, incomplete, which was titled The Visible and the Invisible (1961) by its editor, Claude Lefort.The Prose of the World is a project Merleau-Ponty abandoned circa 1952 that was published in 1968, after his death. As well, a number of his lectures courses have been published, drawing on notes from him and his students, on topics such as child psychology, nature, Husserl, institution and passivity, the world of expression and sense, the use of language in literature (see the list of works by Merleau-Ponty for further details).  For English readers, The Merleau-Ponty Reader, The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader, and The Primacy of Perception contain helpful collections of and selections from Merleau-Ponty’s published and unpublished texts. Also, The World of Perception, which is a transcription from a series of radio addresses given by Merleau-Ponty in 1948, offers a nice introduction to his early work.
Introductions For English readers, the following provide helpful resources and introductions for studying Merleau-Ponty and his texts: The Being of the Phenomenon (Barbaras), Merleau-Ponty (eds. Carman and Hansen), Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology (Dillon), Merleau-Ponty: Key Concepts (eds. Diprose and Reynolds), Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy (Hass), The Merleau-Ponty Dictionary (Landes), The Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty (Madison), Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy (Mallin), Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Merleau-Ponty (Romdenh-Romluc).
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    Jean-Luc Marion, The Crossing of the Visible.Darren E. Dahl - 2004 - Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française 14 (1):110-115.
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    Reversibility and Ethics: The Question of Violence.Martin C. Dillon - 1998 - Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française 10 (2):82-101.
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    Painting, Nostalgia And Metaphysics: Merleau-Ponty’s Line.Galen A. Johnson - 1993 - Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française 5 (1):55-70.
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    Intervention à propos de « Commentaire sur l’idée de la phénoménologie » de A. De Waelhens.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:237-239.
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    Two Documents on Heidegger.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:151-151.
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    An Academic Journal With a Strange, Multilingual Title: How Chiasmi International Was Born.Julie Christina Krogh & Mauro Carbone - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:15-19.
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    Collection Les Temps Modernes Directed by Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Paul Sartre.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:207-207.
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    L’homme et l’objet.Jean-Louis Dumas - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:89-91.
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    Presentazione di “Pages de Journal ” di Victor Serge.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:183-184.
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    In una lotta incerta.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:163-165.
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    À propos d’une conférence de Maurice Merleau-Ponty sur les aspects politiques et sociaux de l’existentialisme.Jean Wahl - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:79-80.
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    Le avventure della dialettica.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:227-228.
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    Mort D’Emmanuel Mounier.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:191-191.
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    Una lettera di Maurice Merleau-Ponty a Jacques Garelli.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:279-280.
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    Editorial Note to Trần Đức Thảo, “La Phénoménologie de L’Esprit Et Son Contenu Réel”.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:175-176.
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    Nota della redazione a “La Phénoménologie de l’esprit et son contenu réel” di Trần Đức Thảo.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:177-177.
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    Bibliothèque de Philosophie dirigée par Maurice Merleau-Ponty et Jean-Paul Sartre.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:199-200.
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    Deux documents sur Heidegger.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:149-149.
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    Presentation of “Les ‘Démocraties’ En Action Ou du Pétrole Sur L’Acropole” by E.-N. Dzelepy.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:187-187.
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    About a Lecture by Maurice Merleau-Ponty on the Political and Social Aspects of Existentialism.Jean Wahl - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:81-83.
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    Kurt Goldstein, La Structure de L’Organisme.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:211-212.
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    Death of Emmanuel Mounier.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:193-193.
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    Éloge de la philosophie.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:217-218.
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    Une lettre de Maurice Merleau-Ponty à Éric Weil.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:269-270.
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    Excerpt From the Discussion Following A. De Waelhens, “Commentaire Sur L’Idée de la Phénoménologie”.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:241-243.
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    A Letter From Maurice Merleau-Ponty to Éric Weil.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:271-272.
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    Una lettera di Maurice Merleau-Ponty a Simone De Beauvoir.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:289-291.
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    Note de la rédaction à « La Phénoménologie de l’esprit et son contenu réel » de Trần Đức Thảo.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:173-173.
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    Signes.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:229-229.
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    Intervento a proposito di “Commentaire sur l’idée de la phénoménologie” de A. De Waelhens.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:245-247.
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    Presentazione. Merleau-Ponty: l’eredità dell’opera.Mathias Goy - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:61-75.
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    Présentation de « Pages de Journal » de Victor Serge.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:179-180.
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    Intervention À Propos de « La Phénoménologie Contre The Concept of Mind » de G. Ryle.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:249-253.
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    Una rivista accademica con un titolo strano e multilingue: come è nata Chiasmi International.Julie Christina Krogh & Mauro Carbone - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:21-25.
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    Collana Les Temps Modernes Diretta da Maurice Merleau-Ponty E Jean-Paul Sartre.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:209-209.
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    Man and Object.Jean-Louis Dumas - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:93-95.
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    Kurt Goldstein, La Structure de L’Organisme.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:213-214.
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    Les aventures de la dialectique.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:223-224.
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    Lettere di Maurice Merleau-Ponty ad Alphonse De Waelhens, 1946-1961.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:353-381.
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    Una lettera di Maurice Merleau-Ponty a Éric Weil.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:273-274.
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    En Un Combat Douteux.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:155-157.
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    Signs.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:231-231.
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    Adventures of the Dialectic.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:225-226.
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    Poietic Transspatiality.Martina Ferrari - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:385-401.
    In this paper, I attend to the ontological shift in Merleau-Ponty’s later writing and suggest that this conceptual turn opens the space for questions of the latent sense of the sensible foreclosed by dualist accounts and propositional theories of meaning. By attending to the Nature Lectures, I claim that there is a sens [meaning and orientation] of nature whose regulatory principle ought to be found in nature itself. This is to say that there is a normativity of nature that, albeit (...)
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    In a Dubious Struggle.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:159-161.
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    Bibliothèque de Philosophie diretta da Maurice Merleau-Ponty e Jean-Paul Sartre.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:203-204.
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    Collection Les Temps Modernes Dirigée Par Maurice Merleau-Ponty Et Jean-Paul Sartre.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:205-205.
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    L’uomo e l’oggetto.Jean-Louis Dumas - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:97-99.
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    Presentazione di “Les ‘démocraties’ en action ou du pétrole sur l’Acropole” di E.-N. Dzelepy.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:189-189.
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    In Praise of Philosophy.Maurice Merleau-Ponty - 2018 - Chiasmi International 20:219-220.
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