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Collected here are the written traces of courses on the concepts of nature given by Maurice Merieau-Ponty at the College de France in the 1950s--notes that provide a window on the thinking of one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. In two courses distilled by a student and in a third composed of Merieau-Ponty's own notes, the ideas that animated ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published November 12th 2003 by Northwestern University Press (first published January 30th 1900)
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Joe
Probably my favorite work by the guy, which is maybe funny, because most of the book is composed of notes assembled by one of his students.
Maurice's 3 year-long course (!) on capital-n Nature is his most sustained and varied analysis of scientific theories and data, but it has some interesting things to say about theology and psychoanalysis as well. Still the most contemporary thing he has written: some sentences could have been written word for word by Deleuze, and M-P is on top of the emergin
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Rhys
The mind must not be considered as an impartial observer of Nature: “its awareness takes part in the process of Nature.”
stephen
very interesting. obviously, the quality of the notetaking varies across the series, which is a shame. the most interesting material pertains to whitehead's lectures on the concept of nature, which are here:

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/18835
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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (pronounced [mɔʁis mɛʁlopɔ̃ti] 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 u ...more
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