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The work that Maurice Merleau-Ponty planned to call The Prose of the World, or Introduction to the Prose of the World, was unfinished at the time of his death. The book was to constitute the first section of a two-part work whose aim was to offer, as an extension of his Phenomenology of Perception, a theory of truth. This edition's editor, Claude Lefort, has interpreted an ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published December 1st 1973 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1969)
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David Markwell
Feb 08, 2016 David Markwell rated it it was amazing
It is rare that one encounters a work of philosophy that one loves just about every sentence of, but Merleau-Ponty's The Prose of the World, for me, is just that work of philosophy. Merleau-Ponty's exploration of linguistics the diachronic and synchronic nature of language, the phenomenology of speech, communication and expression, intersubjectivity, and ultimately his gestures towards his late ontology (explicated more fully in The Visible and the Invisible) are a fascinating read for anyone in ...more
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But therein lies the virtue of language: it is language which propels us toward the things it signifies. In the way it works, language hides itself from us. Its triumph is to efface itself and to take us beyond the words to the author's very thoughts, so that we imagine we are engaged with him in a wordless meeting of minds.

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I create Stendhal; I am Stendhal while reading him. But that is because firsth e knew how to bring me to dwell within him. The reader's sovereignty is only imaginary, s
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Sean A.
May 15, 2013 Sean A. rated it really liked it
I read this in community college for an intro-to-philosophy class and remembered it so fondly I opted to re-read it many years later.

Soooo... What it is is an investigation of language, it's primacy, it's disconnect, how (primarily) painting, literature and math can speak through language, and so forth. It's also a study of perception through the lens of the body-as-focal-point for perception. Merleau-Ponty tends to all over the place in this one, at least regarding the case studies which he use
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George Spirakis
Mar 04, 2014 George Spirakis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Απλά δεν έχω λόγια... μακάρι όλοι μας να μπορούσαμε να αντιληφθούμε τον κόσμο έστω και λίγο με τον τρόπο που αποδίδεται η σκέψη στο βιβλιο αυτό. Και βέβαια θα ήταν όλα διαφορετικά αν η σκέψη μας αποτυπωνόταν τόσο απλά όσο ο συγγραφέας καταφέρνει να κρύψει την απλότητα πίσω από το μοναδικό ύπνος του.
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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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