Philosophy East and West 67 (3):693-709 (2017)

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David W. Johnson
Boston College
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In the opening pages of the preface to Phenomenology of Perception, Merleau-Ponty characterizes phenomenology as a style of thinking whose “efforts are concentrated upon re-achieving a direct and primitive contact with the world, and endowing that contact with philosophical status” by describing things exactly as they present themselves, offering an account of the world as we live it prior to the second-order expression found in cultural constructions such as science.1 Like other thinkers in the phenomenological tradition, Merleau-Ponty discovers in the close description of lived experience something difficult, elusive, and strange. The radicality, and even uncanniness, of this discovery emerges most fully...
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