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The Visible and the Invisible

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The Visible and the Invisible contains the unfinished manuscript and working notes of the book Merleau-Ponty was writing when he died. The text is devoted to a critical examination of Kantian, Husserlian, Bergsonian, and Sartrean method, followed by the extraordinary "The Intertwining--The Chiasm," that reveals the central pattern of Merleau-Ponty's own thought. The workin ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published January 1st 1969 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1964)
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David M
A fascinating book, but Phenomenology of Perception is definitely still Merleau-Ponty's masterpiece. Unfinished at the time of his untimely death (only 53!), this work was also arguably unfinishable. Merleau-Ponty may have set for himself an impossible task. Increasingly dissatisfied with the philosophy of reflection (to which phenomenology can be considered an heir), he had no real idea what could follow it, and he was too intellectually honest to impose a facile solution.

Note the desperation i
Jan 05, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Reading Merleau-Ponty is like waking up from a terrible dream about an objective, out-of-body experience. Now you're flexing your legs and arms, happy to be back in your own body.
What could have been is probably better than what is or was. M-P, who often wrote that uncompleted works were sometimes more complete than finished ones, died before finishing this book. What we have is a section that is a negative critique of philosophies of reflection, intuition, and dialectic, 5 or 6 finished pages that begin a positive ontology, and a bunch of "working notes" which are notoriously impenetrable. Yikes.

What the working notes reveal is that The Visible and the Invisible was go
Jan 15, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it
This is... not an easy book to read. I probably only got about 35-40% of it, to be perfectly honest. Having a grounding in the work of the philosophers to whom Merleau-Ponty is largely responding would have helped immensely; as it was, I have only a moderate familiarity with Descartes and a surface understanding of Kant. I had had no experience with Husserl. If you're interested in reading this book, I strongly recommend shoring up your background in these other thinkers first.

That said, the mom
Danijel Brestovac
Nov 18, 2015 Danijel Brestovac rated it liked it
Str. 5- Oboje je res: da je svet tisto, kar vidimo, a tudi, da se ga moramo naučiti videti.

Str. 12- V svetu se med seboj povezujemo s tistim, kar je v našem življenju povezano.

Str. 26- Verovanje in nejevernost sta tu tako tesno povezana, da v prvem vedno lahko najdemo primesi druge, zlasti pa kal neresnice v resnici: moje prepričanje, da sem s pogledom priključen na ta svet, mi obljubja tudi psevdo-svet fantazem, če pogledu dovolimo bloditi.

Str. 86- Ne gre za pionirski dvom niti za sklicevanje n
Sep 07, 2014 Tijmenlansdaal rated it really liked it
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After reading Phenomenology of Perception, this book can deepen much of the investigations taken up there. In my opinion it's largely consistent with it, yet contextualizes the same train of thought with that 'state of non-philosophy' we are in ('never has the crisis been so radical'). It thus comes out highly polemical; though the main scapegoat is Sartre, Husserl is also an important figure Merleau-Ponty disputes. Especially in the working notes one can see that his main inspiration is Heidegg ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Eugen added it
His unfinished masterpiece. The chapter on "The Intertwining" might just be an analysis at the farthest limit phenomenology permits. Beyond lies the Scylla and Charybdis of metaphysical speculation and the vortex of limitless deconstruction.
David Markwell
Feb 08, 2016 David Markwell rated it liked it
Merleau-Ponty's unfinished The Visible and the Invisible is a good read for those addicted to Merleau-Ponty's philosophy (as I clearly am becoming). The chapters on philosophy and interrogation continue Merleau-Ponty's trend of placing his thought in the middle ground of other thinker's dualistic notions. The working notes are interesting and do offer some illumination to the text as it exists. It is too bad the Merelau-Ponty died before finishing this book as it would be quite interesting to se ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Nothingness *is* sexy.
Alex Lee
Sep 17, 2015 Alex Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, philosophy
Too much negative dialectics, although, his goal seems to be to put us back into the flesh... not just as an embodiment of a singularity at the level of the subjective but at the level of flesh. He goes out of the way to try to die our sensory experience with our ability to create and formulate ideas; something echoed earlier in Hume. But nonetheless, a nearly impossible task. The few pages he leads to trying to tie the immense chiasm between sight and texture itself seems impossible. Given the ...more
Hevel Cava
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Ben Kearvell
Oct 09, 2013 Ben Kearvell rated it really liked it
Just as dense as Phenomenology of Perception (the 'working notes' will set your eyeballs on fire), Merleau-Ponty posits Being in the world, and the world in Being. Experience--consciousness--cannot be extricated from extension; that is to say the world as we have it (extension) constitutes consciousness. One's interiority depends on the world and vice versa.
Daniel Douglas
Dec 26, 2013 Daniel Douglas rated it really liked it
Another great unfinished work in Phenomenology. Merleau-Ponty is a powerhouse and it was sad that he was taken too soon.
Kelly Hicks
We'll see how helpful this is for the diss. A good intro to phenomenology.
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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (pronounced [mɔʁis mɛʁlopɔti] in French; March 14, 1908 – May 3, 1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher, strongly influenced by Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger in addition to being closely associated with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. At the core of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is a sustained argument for the foundational role that perception plays in un ...more
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