The Prose of the World (Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) (Paperback)

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By Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Claude Lefort (Editor), John O'Neill (Translated by)
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The work that Maurice Merleau-Ponty planned to call The Prose of the World, or Introduction to the Prose of the World, was unfinished at the time of his death. The book was to constitute the first section of a two-part work whose aim was to offer, as an extension of his Phenomenology of Perception, a theory of truth. This edition's editor, Claude Lefort, has interpreted and transcribed the surviving typescript, reproducing Merleau-Ponty's own notes and adding documentation and commentary.

About the Author

MAURICE MERLEAU-PONTY (1908–1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher, strongly influenced by Karl Marx, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger in addition to being closely associated with Jean-Paul Sartre (who later stated he had been "converted" to Marxism by Merleau-Ponty) and Simone de Beauvoir. At the core of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is a sustained argument for the foundational role that perception plays in understanding the world as well as engaging with the world. Like the other major phenomenologists, Merleau-Ponty expressed his philosophical insights in writings on art, literature, linguistics, and politics. He was the only major phenomenologist of the first half of the twentieth century to engage extensively with the sciences and especially with descriptive psychology.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780810106154
ISBN-10: 0810106159
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 1973
Pages: 154
Language: English
Series: Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy