Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPHI 6005
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course deals with Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception and The Visible and Invisible. The Phenomenology of Perception is read in terms of its inherence in, and transformation of, the phenomenological tradition. His writing after this work, particularly The Visible and the Invisible, is viewed as an elaboration of a new ontology in which the body as “subject” of perception gives way to the notion of the flesh. From within the tradition of phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty appropriates and transforms Saussurean linguistics, psychoanalytic theory, and the thought of Heidegger. In addition we will concern ourselves with his writings on political philosophy and aesthetics.
Course Open to: Majors Only