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Philosopher of the Month, November 2011

To celebrate the publication of our new translation of Phenomenology of Perception, Maurice Merleau-Ponty is our Philosopher of the Month. Find out more here...

First published in 1945, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s monumental Phénoménologie de la perception signaled the arrival of a major new philosophical and intellectual voice in post-war Europe. Breaking with the prevailing picture of existentialism and phenomenology at the time, it has become one of the landmark works of twentieth-century thought. This new translation by Donald A. Landes, the first for over fifty years, makes this classic work of philosophy available to a new generation of readers.

This edition includes many helpful features such as the reintroduction of Merleau-Ponty’s discursive table of contents as subtitles into the body of the text, a comprehensive translator’s introduction to its main themes, essential notes explaining key terms of translation, an extensive index, an important updating of Merleau-Ponty’s references to now available English translations, a new foreword by Taylor Carman, and an introduction to Merleau-Ponty by Claude Lefort.

'This is an extraordinary accomplishment that will doubtless produce new readers for the remarkable philosophy of Merleau-Ponty. This excellent translation opens up a new set of understandings of what Merleau-Ponty meant in his descriptions of the body, psychology, and the field of perception, and in this way promises to alter the horizon of Merleau-Ponty studies in the English language. The extensive index, the thoughtful annotation, and the guidance given about key problems of translation not only show us the richness of Merleau-Ponty's language, but track the emergence of a new philosophical vocabulary. This translation gives us the text anew and will doubtless spur thoughtful new readings in English.' - Judith Butler, University of California - Berkeley, USA

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