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By Maurice Merleau-Ponty

First released in 1945, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s enormous Phénoménologie de l. a. conception signalled the coming of a huge new philosophical and highbrow voice in post-war Europe. Breaking with the existing photograph of existentialism and phenomenology on the time, it has develop into one of many landmark works of twentieth-century suggestion. This new translation, the 1st for over fifty years, makes this vintage paintings of philosophy on hand to a brand new iteration of readers.

Phenomenology of belief stands within the nice phenomenological culture of Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre. but Merleau-Ponty’s contribution is decisive, as he brings this custom and different philosophical predecessors, fairly Descartes and Kant, to confront a missed size of our adventure: the lived physique and the outstanding global. Charting a daring direction among the reductionism of technology at the one hand and "intellectualism" at the different, Merleau-Ponty argues that we should always regard the physique no longer as an insignificant organic or actual unit, yet because the physique which buildings one’s scenario and event in the world.

Merleau-Ponty enriches his vintage paintings with enticing experiences of recognized circumstances within the historical past of psychology and neurology in addition to phenomena that proceed to attract our realization, equivalent to phantom limb syndrome, synaesthesia, and hallucination. This new translation comprises many useful gains resembling the reintroduction of Merleau-Ponty’s discursive desk of Contents as subtitles into the physique of the textual content, a accomplished Translator’s advent to its major topics, crucial notes explaining key words of translation, an intensive Index, and an immense updating of Merleau-Ponty’s references to now to be had English translations.

Also incorporated is a brand new foreword by way of Taylor Carman and an creation to Merleau-Ponty by Claude Lefort.

Translated by way of Donald A. Landes.

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