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Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty

by Veronique M. Foti

Part of the Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Series

Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty Synopsis

The French philosopher Renaud Barbaras remarked that late in Maurice Merleau-Ponty's career, The phenomenology of perception fulfills itself as a philosophy of expression. In Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Biology and Ontology, Veronique M. Foti addresses the guiding yet neglected theme of expression in Merleau-Ponty's thought. She traces Merleau-Ponty's ideas about how individuals express creative or artistic impulses through his three essays on aesthetics, his engagement with animality and the new biology in the second of his lecture courses on nature of 1957-58, and in his late ontology, articulated in 1964 in the fragmentary text of Le visible et l'invisible (The Visible and the Invisible). With the exception of a discussion of Merleau-Ponty's 1945 essay Cezanne's Doubt, Foti engages with Merleau-Ponty's late and final thought, with close attention to both his scientific and philosophical interlocutors, especially the continental rationalists. Expression shows itself, in Merleau-Ponty's thought, to be primordial, and this innate and fundamental nature of expression has implications for his understanding of artistic creation, science, and philosophy.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780810129009
Publication date: 30th May 2013
Author: Veronique M. Foti
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 132 pages
Categories: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -,

About Veronique M. Foti

Veronique M. Foti is a professor of philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. She is the author of Epochal Discordance: Hoelderlin's Philosophy of Tragedy (2006), Vision's Invisibles: Philosophical Explorations (2003), and Heidegger and the Poets: Poiesis, Sophia, Techne (1995), and the editor of Merleau-Ponty: Difference, Materiality, Painting (1996).

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