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"We need a philosophy of both history and spirit to deal with the problems we touch upon here. Yet we would be unduly rigorous if we were to wait for perfectly elaborated principles before speaking philosophically of politics." Thus Merleau-Ponty introduces Adventures of the Dialectic, his study of Marxist philosophy and thought. In this study, containing chapters on Weber ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Northwestern University Press
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January 2005

A Dialectic without Dreams

Merleau-Ponty is generally read for his work in phenomenology, not his work on dialectics. This is both a pity and a mistake. While he certainly does deserve to be remembered as the third great phenomenologist of the past century, after Husserl & Heidegger, his being forgotten as a dialectical thinker is almost inexplicable.

I say almost inexplicable because, I fear, the reason he is ignored as a dialectical thinker is because he advocated, and su
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about half of the book is dedicated to an extensive critique of weber, lukacs, lenin, and trotsky (if you don't already have a solid grasp on their thought, as well as the minutiae of bolshevik infighting after the revolution, good luck); the other half is an extensive critique of sartre's critiques communism. sartre read it and then wrote an even longer book in response, "critique of dialectical reason," which i'm not sure anyone has ever managed to read.
Sarah
Mar 23, 2010 Sarah marked it as to-read
Recommended to Sarah by: Lily Robert-Foley
Haven't finished it yet, but Lily recommended Merleau-Ponty to me after I had a series of sleep-deprivation-induced hallucinations.

So.
Yeah, that's all.
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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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