Merleau-Ponty's conception of dialectics in phenomenology of perception

Pollard, Christopher 2016, Merleau-Ponty's conception of dialectics in phenomenology of perception, Critical horizons, vol. 17, no. 3-4, pp. 358-375, doi: 10.1080/14409917.2016.1190180.

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Title Merleau-Ponty's conception of dialectics in phenomenology of perception
Author(s) Pollard, Christopher
Journal name Critical horizons
Volume number 17
Issue number 3-4
Start page 358
End page 375
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-10-14
ISSN 1440-9917
Keyword(s) lived body
Summary Although the fact that Merleau-Ponty has a dialectical approach in Phenomenology of Perception has been discussed in recent Anglophone readings, there has not been an explicit clarification as to how his varying usages of the term hang together. Given his repeated references to Hegel and to dialectics, coupled with the fact that dialectics are not part of the Husserlian phenomenology or Heideggerean existentialism from which Merleau-Ponty draws so much, the question of just what he does with the idea of dialectics presents itself. In this paper I argue that, in Phenomenology of Perception, Merleau-Ponty saw Hegel as providing a model for the conception of rationality and meaning that must underpin the existentialist response to the problems bequeathed him by Husserlian phenomenology: namely, the problems of embodiment, perception and the constitution of the world. In connection with this, I suggest an interpretation of Merleau-Ponty's “existential dialectics” that focuses on his three principal uses of the term: 1) a “dialectic of objective thought,” 2) a set of existential-dialectical categories intended to capture the ontological structure of the “body-subject” as “being-in-the-world,” and 3) a dialectic at the cultural level concerning others and history.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14409917.2016.1190180
Field of Research 220310 Phenomenology
220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified
220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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