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Author Smyth, Bryan A., author.

Title Merleau-Ponty's existential phenomenology and the realization of philosophy / Bryan A. Smyth
Published London : Bloomsbury Academic, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (xxxiii, 204 pages)
Series Bloomsbury studies in continental philosophy
Bloomsbury studies in continental philosophy.
Contents Preface: Re-reading Phenomenology of Perception -- Introduction: Flight from Phenomenology? -- 1. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "Soliloquizing Angel" -- 2. Embodiment and Incarnation -- 3. Totality and Embodiment -- 4. Elements of an Incarnational Marxism -- 5. Contemporary Heroism -- Conclusion: Heroic Sublimation
Summary "Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception - a canonical text of twentieth-century philosophy - concludes with an appeal to 'heroism' by citing a series of enigmatic sentences drawn from Saint-Exupe;ry's Pilote de guerre. Surprisingly, however, these lines are antithetical to the philosophical thrust of Merleau-Ponty's project. This book aims to explain this situation. Foregrounding liminal themes in Merleau-Ponty's thought that have been largely overlooked - e.g., sacrifice, death, myth, faith - and showing how these themes support Merleau-Ponty's reinterpretation of Husserlian phenomenology, Smyth shows that Merleau-Ponty's appeal to 'heroism' represents an extra-philosophical appeal to a historical purposiveness as a universal feature of human nature, and that Merleau-Ponty makes this appeal in virtue of his recognition of the intrinsic methodological limitations of philosophy as a theoretical endeavor. The book thus recovers the 'militant' dimension of Merleau-Ponty's thought. This sheds considerable new light on his work. It does so in a way that challenges some of the basic parameters of existing Merleau-Ponty scholarship by illuminating the intrinsic normativity of his existential phenomenology, and its epistemic reliance on forms of non-reason such as faith and myth."-- Provided by publisher
"An original re-reading of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's existential phenomenology by way of a critical investigation of its crucial yet enigmatic references to 'heroism'"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, 1908-1961
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, 1908-1961.
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, 14.03.1908-03.05.1961. Phénoménologie de la perception.
Western philosophy, from c 1900.
Phenomenology & Existentialism.
PHILOSOPHY -- Movements -- Phenomenology.
PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Modern.
PHILOSOPHY -- Criticism.
PHILOSOPHY -- Movements -- Critical Theory.
PHILOSOPHY -- Movements -- Existentialism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781780937878