By George J. Marshall
"Published in 2008 by means of Marquette collage Press, George Marshall's _A consultant to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception_ is a welcome boost the corpus of English language existentialist scholarship. Marshall is a long-time professor of continental philosophy on the college of Regina in Canada.
While widely known inside ecu philosophy as a number one contributor to existentialism and phenomenology (arguably eclipsed merely through Husserl and Heidegger), Merleau-Ponty has been principally ignored by means of readers reared within the Anglo-American culture. released in 1945 the `Phenomenology of Perception' is Merleau-Ponty's top recognized work."
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Extra resources for A Guide to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception (Marquette Studies in Philosophy)
Sartre’s name only occurs a few times in this work, and it is always presented positively with Merleau-Ponty acknowledging his contributions. But there is a clear sense in which the Phenomenology of Perception is a major attack against Sartre’s position. The positions Merleau-Ponty attributes to Descartes often look much more like Sartre’s then Descartes’, and these are always attacked. The entire chapter on freedom is clearly an attack on one of the basic concepts of Being and Nothingness; yet Sartre is never named.
The goal is not to destroy Sartre’s work, but rather to “convert” Sartre himself. The goal is to get Sartre to assume a new perspective on reality, what it means to be human, truth, temporality, and freedom. Just as Merleau-Ponty is primarily concerned with transforming his reader’s perspective, so he attempts to do the same thing with Sartre. One does not directly attack and confront someone who you wish to convert. III. What is the Phenomenology of Perception actually about? There are clearly some problems in trying to state what the Phenomenology of Perception is about.
Philosophy becomes dominated by methodology. All of the movements of this period are concerned, in a sense, with either solving the problem posed by Hegel or by by-passing it through clarifying what it really means to do philosophy. It is into this situation that Edmond Husserl finds himself with a specific problem arising in the foundation of mathematics. Husserl has the idea that he could just come to philosophy for an answer and his problem would be solved. Instead, he finds that philosophy seems to be preoccupied with the problems of how we really know reality and about the nature of philosophy.