The Prose of the World
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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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The abandoned manuscript. What happened? Why did M-P give it up? There are speculative theories. Most of them suggest that somehow, during the writing, M-P realized the limits of phenomenology for doing what he wanted to do. I have no idea about that, but I know that this book was fun to read and offers some promising and very helpful threads regarding his ideas on expression, especially speaking and writing. Especially enjoyed the sections on codes and algorithms, as well as the speculations ab...more
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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...more
George Spirakis
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 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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