Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty

Term: Fall 2011

Subject Code: GPHI

Course Number: 6005

This course will concern itself with the development of the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. It will begin with a brief consideration of his early work the Structure of Behavior and then move to the Phenomenology of Perception. The Phenomenology of Perception will be read in terms of its inherent in, and transformation of the phenomenological tradition. We will then turn to recently published notes of courses given during the 50s which throw a new light on the itinerary of his thought. We will then turn to the Visible and the Invisible which will be viewed as an elaboration of a new ontology in which the body as "subject" of perception gives way to the notion of flesh. We will concern ourselves with Merleau-Ponty's appropriation of the thought of Husserl and Heidegger and among other thinkers of the tradition.

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