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The Visible and the Invisible

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The Visible and the Invisible contains the unfinished manuscript and working notes of the book Merleau-Ponty was writing when he died. The text is devoted to a critical examination of Kantian, Husserlian, Bergsonian, and Sartrean method, followed by the extraordinary "The Intertwining--The Chiasm," that reveals the central pattern of Merleau-Ponty's own thought. The workin ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published January 1st 1969 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1964)
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this is a much later later addition (two years): second review: reading again, there is actually more or at least 'different' difficulty. at least for me reading a philosophy text must now go through all the other thoughts read, of this author and other thinkers, fully understood or simply as mentioned, such that clarity, pace, rhythm of reading is often paused, gone back and read again and again. when for example i have to think- did i understand a passage this way or that way and do i now unde ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Reading Merleau-Ponty is like waking up from a terrible dream about an objective, out-of-body experience. Now you're flexing your legs and arms, happy to be back in your own body.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible final text of Merleau-Ponty. In this obscure and haunting work, Merleau-Ponty attempts to establish a new Ontology of the flesh. In doing so he arrives at a powerful refutation of subject/object dichotomies and dualistic thinking. There is a radical revision and new understanding of the human being as world. The human being and its world are unified. They can never be seperated. Scientific methodology attempts to posit itself as an absolute viewer - an all seeing, birds eye ...more
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His unfinished masterpiece. The chapter on "The Intertwining" might just be an analysis at the farthest limit phenomenology permits. Beyond lies the Scylla and Charybdis of metaphysical speculation and the vortex of limitless deconstruction.
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Nothingness *is* sexy.
David M
A fascinating book, but Phenomenology of Perception is definitely still Merleau-Ponty's masterpiece. Unfinished at the time of his untimely death (only 53!), this work was also arguably unfinishable. Merleau-Ponty may have set for himself an impossible task. Increasingly dissatisfied with the philosophy of reflection (to which phenomenology can be considered an heir), he had no real idea what could follow it, and he was too intellectually honest to impose a facile solution.

Note the desperation i
Jun 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is... not an easy book to read. I probably only got about 35-40% of it, to be perfectly honest. Having a grounding in the work of the philosophers to whom Merleau-Ponty is largely responding would have helped immensely; as it was, I have only a moderate familiarity with Descartes and a surface understanding of Kant. I had had no experience with Husserl. If you're interested in reading this book, I strongly recommend shoring up your background in these other thinkers first.

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Alex Lee
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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Too much negative dialectics, although, his goal seems to be to put us back into the flesh... not just as an embodiment of a singularity at the level of the subjective but at the level of flesh. He goes out of the way to try to die our sensory experience with our ability to create and formulate ideas; something echoed earlier in Hume. But nonetheless, a nearly impossible task. The few pages he leads to trying to tie the immense chiasm between sight and texture itself seems impossible. Given the ...more
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Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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After reading Phenomenology of Perception, this book can deepen much of the investigations taken up there. In my opinion it's largely consistent with it, yet contextualizes the same train of thought with that 'state of non-philosophy' we are in ('never has the crisis been so radical'). It thus comes out highly polemical; though the main scapegoat is Sartre, Husserl is also an important figure Merleau-Ponty disputes. Especially in the working notes one can see that his main inspiration is Heidegg ...more
Ma la peculiarità del visibile, dicevamo, è di essere superficie di una profondità inesauribile: ed è ciò a far sì che esso possa essere aperto ad altre visioni oltre alla nostra. Pertanto, realizzandosi esse fanno risaltare i limiti della nostra visione di fatto, sottolineano l'illusione solipsistica che consiste nel credere che ogni superamento sia autosuperamento. Per la prima volta il vedente che io sono mi è veramente visibile, per la prima volta io mi appaio rivoltato fino in fondo sotto i ...more
Danijel Brestovac
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Str. 5- Oboje je res: da je svet tisto, kar vidimo, a tudi, da se ga moramo naučiti videti.

Str. 12- V svetu se med seboj povezujemo s tistim, kar je v našem življenju povezano.

Str. 26- Verovanje in nejevernost sta tu tako tesno povezana, da v prvem vedno lahko najdemo primesi druge, zlasti pa kal neresnice v resnici: moje prepričanje, da sem s pogledom priključen na ta svet, mi obljubja tudi psevdo-svet fantazem, če pogledu dovolimo bloditi.

Str. 86- Ne gre za pionirski dvom niti za sklicevanje n
David Markwell
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Merleau-Ponty's unfinished The Visible and the Invisible is a good read for those addicted to Merleau-Ponty's philosophy (as I clearly am becoming). The chapters on philosophy and interrogation continue Merleau-Ponty's trend of placing his thought in the middle ground of other thinker's dualistic notions. The working notes are interesting and do offer some illumination to the text as it exists. It is too bad the Merelau-Ponty died before finishing this book as it would be quite interesting to se ...more
Ben Kearvell
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just as dense as Phenomenology of Perception (the 'working notes' will set your eyeballs on fire), Merleau-Ponty posits Being in the world, and the world in Being. Experience--consciousness--cannot be extricated from extension; that is to say the world as we have it (extension) constitutes consciousness. One's interiority depends on the world and vice versa.
Daniel Douglas
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great unfinished work in Phenomenology. Merleau-Ponty is a powerhouse and it was sad that he was taken too soon.
Joshua Wretzel
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Though only a rough draft (Merleau-Ponty was literally writing it when he died), it's a masterful work of phenomenology by one of the masters of the craft.
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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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