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Merleau-Ponty: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty was one of the most important figures in the existential and phenomenological traditions in twentieth-century Continental philosophy. Merleau-Ponty: A Guide for the Perplexed is the ideal text for students encountering Merleau-Ponty's philosophy for the first time. The book assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and takes the reader though the key ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 23rd 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published May 24th 2006)
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Ioana
This is a brilliant introduction to the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty; accessible to the beginning student, it assumes no previous knowledge of philosophy, yet it still treats the matter at hand in deep, thoughtful ways that will provoke any philosophy student.

Some key point:

Perception
For the empiricist, perception is indirect, broken down and analyzed in different components, and passive; for Merleau-Ponty, perception is "participatory"--the thing I am perceiving interacts with me as I perceive.
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Daniel
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Merleau Ponty: A Guide for the Perplexed by Eric Matthews literally opens the doors of perception to the great French philosopher's work, rendering an otherwise dense and profound prose accessible to the layman. Merleau-Ponty's work remains challenging yet easily relatable to one's own life, and his ideas continue to resonate in a variety of fields ranging from psychology to neuroscience, making him the most important philosopher of the 20th century.
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Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A nice clear introductory text.
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Shelves: phenomenology
Well thank God for this book. It took me two weeks of hard reading to get through The Phenomenology of Perception. Reading this as a chaser was the perfect follow-up.
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I'm going to engage in some chronological backpedaling, as usual.
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At least 3, maybe 4 stars. Very accessible, straightforward explication (thanks to RK-ique and his prof for that word ;)
But I think I prefer Deleuze over Merleau-Ponty...but I’m just starting with both, so what do I know?!
Onward ho!
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