Philosophy Today 63 (2):335-345 (2019)

Patrick Bourgeois
Loyola University, New Orleans
Robert Greenleaf Brice
Northern Kentucky University
The philosophies of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Maurice Merleau-Ponty may seem at first glance to be mutually exclusive. On further examination, however, they can be seen to share some fundamental points of view. For instance, they both share a common rejection of a modern mechanistic explanation of nature, and both endorse what we might call a pre-linguistic level of meaning. In this paper, we show that these thinkers not only share some fundamental philosophical views, but also had, for many years, contemplated what cognitive scientists today call “embodied cognition.”
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  Continental Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 0031-8256
DOI 10.5840/philtoday2019715264
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