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Philosophy Today

Volume 62, Issue 3, Summer 2018

Anya Daly
Pages 847-867
DOI: 10.5840/philtoday20181024231

Merleau-Ponty’s Aesthetic Interworld
From Primordial Percipience to Wild Logos

The overall aim of this paper is to defend the value of the arts as uniquely instructive regarding philosophical questions. Specifically, I aim to achieve two things: firstly, to show that through the phenomenological challenge to dualist and monist ontologies the key debate in aesthetics regarding subjective response and objective judgment is reconfigured and resolved. I argue that Merleau-Ponty’s analyses complement and complete Kant’s project. Secondly, I propose that through Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological interrogations of the creative process the broader issue of the viability of his relational nondualist ontology is defended against accusations that it has not gone beyond dualism or that it has collapsed into a monism.