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Merleau-Ponty's Ontology (SPEP)

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Originally published in 1988, M.C. Dillon's classic study of Merleau-Ponty is now available in a revised second edition containing a new preface and a new chapter on "Truth in Art." Dillon's thesis is that Merleau-Ponty has developed the first genuine alternative to ontological dualism seen in Western philosophy. From his early work on the philosophical significance of the ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 306 pages
Published January 21st 1998 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1988)
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this is a much later addition: as this review is incomplete, i am wondering how to approach this text, how to read again, for this is not an academic but passion project, this is something just for me (and whomever of my efriends might be interested) and perhaps i should find someone or somewhere to discuss this work... on the other, my obsessions with philosophy might now be more deleuze and bergson and heidegger... well maybe in the new year? maybe...

first review (incomplete): this book remind
Mar 10, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly lucid book on Merleau-Ponty's ontology. Dillon is an exceptional scholar who does an exceptional job. Like Caputo's treatment of Heidegger in Radical Hermeneutics,Dillon strives for clarity in laying out the structural force and philosophical interest of Merleau-Ponty's works. A great way to get introduced to and learn about one of the 20th Century's most underrated phenomenologists.
Kyle Bennett
Aug 17, 2012 Kyle Bennett rated it it was amazing

A magnum opus in its own right, this is the definitive backdrop for Merleau-Ponty studies. An introduction it is not, but a comprehensive interpretation of M-P's project and the resources it can provide for contemporary philosophical issues. Dillon's thesis is that M-P provides the only alternative to the dualism that besets Western philosophy. One for the drudgers, but certainly insightful and commanding.
Oct 02, 2007 daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
a really nice book, if you're into this sort of thing. dillon argues (twenty years ago) that the ontology merleau-ponty had begun (but never finished) developing is a way out of the dualistic metaphysical quagmires that culminated in the works of the "analytical" linguist-philosophers, the postmodernists, and the sartrean existentialists.
it's long and dense, but if you're interested in merleau-ponty, it's one of the best expositions and exegeses of his work that i've come across.
David Markwell
Feb 08, 2016 David Markwell rated it really liked it
Dillon's Merleau-Ponty's Ontology is a well written and well argued. Dillon holds (as due I, if anyone was curious) that Merleau-Ponty's earlier phenomenological studies give way to his ontology, not in the sense of a reversal, but in the sense of a completion of his philosophical project. A good read for one interested in Merleau-Ponty, ontology and the unfinished The Visible and the Invisible.
Rodger Broome
Jul 19, 2012 Rodger Broome rated it it was amazing
Shelves: second-time
Fantastic ontology work that is not an easy-read, but worth the effort. There are some Greek and German terms/phrases that the author assumes the reader knows. Parenthetical translation of these into English would "teach" them to the unfamiliar or more novice reader. Having the internet close by helps.
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