By Maurice Merleau-Ponty
First released in 1945, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s huge Phénoménologie de l. a. belief signalled the coming of an incredible new philosophical and highbrow voice in post-war Europe. Breaking with the existing photograph of existentialism and phenomenology on the time, it has turn into one of many landmark works of twentieth-century idea. This new translation, the 1st for over fifty years, makes this vintage paintings of philosophy to be had 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, really Descartes and Kant, to confront a missed measurement of our event: the lived physique and the exceptional international. Charting a daring direction among the reductionism of technological know-how at the one hand and "intellectualism" at the different, Merleau-Ponty argues that we must always regard the physique now not as a trifling 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 reviews of recognized situations within the heritage of psychology and neurology in addition to phenomena that proceed to attract our realization, comparable to phantom limb syndrome, synaesthesia, and hallucination. This new translation comprises many beneficial beneficial properties reminiscent of the reintroduction of Merleau-Ponty’s discursive desk of Contents as subtitles into the physique of the textual content, a finished Translator’s advent to its major issues, crucial notes explaining keyword phrases of translation, an in depth Index, and a big updating of Merleau-Ponty’s references to now on hand English translations.
Also integrated is a brand new foreword by means of Taylor Carman and an creation to Merleau-Ponty by Claude Lefort.
Translated by way of Donald A. Landes.