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The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader: Philosophy and Painting

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Merleau-Ponty's essays on aesthetics are some of the major accomplishments of his philosophical career, and rank even today among the most sophisticated reflections on art in all of twentieth-century philosophy. His essays on painting, "Cezanne's Doubt" (1945), "Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence" (1952), and "Eye and Mind" (1960), have inspired new approaches to ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published January 5th 1994 by Northwestern University Press
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David Williamson
Sep 17, 2011 David Williamson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, art
Merleau-Ponty's argument is well constructed and so-so in clarity. His aesthetic philosophy is a painters wet dream, I generally don't tend to agree with. As he does a disservice to any form of creativity other than painting (as Lyotard points out). But it is fantastic, and shows what a great writer Merleau-Ponty is when his essays outshine the others around him, not just in content but with using language that avoids esotericism and posturing whenever possible.

This is the first Ponty book I hav
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Nicholas
Jun 25, 2008 Nicholas rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in expression, language, and art
Merleau-Ponty is a lucid and brilliant writer. The three essays of his in this text are astounding.
Julia Hendrickson
Feb 08, 2012 Julia Hendrickson rated it really liked it
Good resource, primary texts and secondary essays/ analysis.
Phillip
Apr 17, 2012 Phillip rated it it was amazing
important...long overdue for a revisit.
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