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This volume is the English translation of sixteen lectures by Maurice Merleau-Ponty given at the Ecole Normale SupTrieure in 1947-48 and reconstituted on the basis of notes taken by some of his most outstanding students. Devoted to three of the great names in the French philosophical tradition, Malebranche, Maine de Biran, and Bergson, these lectures center on a classic pr ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Humanity Books (first published November 1st 1997)
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Adrian Colesberry
Oct 25, 2011 Adrian Colesberry rated it liked it
This book is a series of lectures reconstructed from the notes of several students who took this philosophical survey class from Merleau-Ponty in Paris back in the 1950s. In the introduction, we learn that Michele Foucault treasured his notes, although, unfortunately they were not available for the preparation of this manuscript.
For my level of philosophical sophistication, it was rough going. Being written from student's notes, it's a lot like reading Aristotle... telegraphic, concise, not fuls
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this is a collection of notes from lecture m-p gave, so I can see how his lectures would be engaging, but unfortunately he refers to three philosophers in the French tradition, only one of which I know, even then only a little- Bergson. so this rating is very much more based on my ignorance than his work. maybe I will come back to it.
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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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