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Chiasmi International

Volume 16, 2014

Between Yesterday and Tomorrow

Kathleen Hulley, Donald A. Landes
Pages 351-359
DOI: 10.5840/chiasmi20141624

Phenomenology, Ontology, and the Arts: Reading Jessica Wiskus’s The Rhythm of Thought

Jessica Wiskus’s book The Rhythm of Thought: Art, Literature, and Music (University of Chicago Press, 2013) is a fascinating study of Merleau-Ponty’s late philosophy in relation to the artistic expression of Mallarmé, Cézanne, Proust, and Debussy. By invoking examples from across the arts and citations from across Merleau-Ponty’s oeuvre, Wiskus provides us with a style for reading some of Merleau-Ponty’s difficult late concepts, including noncoincidence, institution, essence, and transcendence. In this review, we explore some of the key concepts and insights of Wiskus’s rich, interdisciplinary book and offer some places where the depth that it opens up perhaps invites further exploration.

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