Routledge – 2003 – 322 pages
Series: Arguments of the Philosophers
Maurice Merleau-Ponty is known and celebrated as a renowned phenomenologist and is considered a key figure in the existentialist movement.
In this wide-ranging and penetrative study, Stephen Priest engages Merleau-Ponty across the full range of his philosophical thought. He considers Merleau-Ponty's writings on the problems of the body, perception, space, time, subjectivity, freedom, language, other minds, physical objects, art and being. Priest addresses Merleau-Ponty's thought in connection with Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger and Sartre. He uses clear and direct language to explain the thoughts of and the ensuing importance of one of the greatest contemporary thinkers.
Philosophy students and scholars alike will find great pleasure in this fascinating exploration of the writings and ideas of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
'I admire the rigour with which this book keeps the promise made by the title of the series. Anyone looking for a way into phenomenology will find in Stephen Priest a reliable expositor and an objective, but not hostile critic.' - John Llewelyn, University of Memphis, USA
1. Life and Works 2. Phenomenology 3. Esistentialism 4. The Body 5. Perception 6. Space 7. Time 8. Subjectivity 9. Freedom 10. Language 11. Other Minds 12. Things 13. Art 14. Being 15. Parousia
Stephen Priest is former Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is the editor of Sartre's Basic Writings (Routledge) and author of The British Empiricists, Theories of the Mind and The Subject in Question.