By Donald A. Landes

ISBN-10: 1441152008

ISBN-13: 9781441152008

Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) is without doubt one of the relevant figures of 20th-century Continental philosophy, and his paintings has been highly influential in quite a lot of fields. His writings interact within the examine of conception, language, politics, aesthetics, heritage and ontology, and signify a wealthy and intricate community of fascinating ideas.

The Merleau-Ponty Dictionary presents the reader and pupil of Merleau-Ponty with all of the instruments essential to interact with this key philosopher: a entire A to Z that gives summaries of all his significant texts and articles, transparent and easy reasons of his terminology and leading edge options, and certain discussions of the figures and philosophies that motivated his paintings. The ebook additionally incorporates a philosophical creation, a chronology of Merleau-Ponty's existence and works, and proposals for extra studying. This dictionary is the suitable studying and study spouse for college students in any respect degrees.

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Being-in-itself/being-for-itself Appearing in various formulations and in various contexts across Merleau-Ponty’s work, the classical distinction between the “in itself” (the world or universe as it exists indifferent to human knowledge or perception) and the “for itself” (the transparent and reflective existence of consciousness) structures much of his research. He often identifies the “in itself” with empiricism, and the “for itself” with intellectualism, and the attempt to synthesize or sustain the two as related opposites with bad dialectic.

Leonardo’s life or his works are not the necessary outcome of his past, they are responses to that past that take it up and capture its sense toward further expressions. Chiasm The term derives from the Greek letter chi (“x”) and indicates an intertwining or a crossing-over relation or arrangement. This is often employed to describe a rhetorical structure or to describe the crisscrossing structures of nerves in the brain. Merleau-Ponty uses 38 Child Psychology and Pedagogy the term in his late ontology as a manner of capturing his understanding of flesh and the reversibility of touching/touched or of the visible and the invisible.

Turning his attention to the “child’s lived experience” of perception, Merleau-Ponty attempts to demonstrate the direct experience of a child before it is “systematized by language and thought” (141). Weighing several competing interpretations, he discusses how children’s drawings relate to society and to their perceptual experience (165–76). He adopts Wallon’s concept of “ultra-things,” namely things that remain active in child experience even though they do not adhere to spatial or temporal laws.

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