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Thinking in Dialogue with Humanities

Paths into the Phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty

Karel Novotný, Taylor S. Hammer, Anne Gléonec, and Petr Špecián, Editors

In “The Philosopher and His Shadow”, an article written to commemmorate Husserl’s 100th birthday, Merleau-Ponty wrote: “with regard to a philosopher whose venture has awakened so many echoes, and at such an apparent distance from the point where he himself stood, any commemoration is also a betrayal” (p.159). For Merleau-Ponty this “betrayal” has a positive meaning. To do justice to a philosopher’s work we should not – or perhaps, could not – merely repeat it. To keep the thought alive we should trace and conjure up its “unthoughts", and the greater the philosophical work, the richer the unthought elements in that work. Commemorating Merleau-Ponty’s 100th birthday in 2008, nearly 50 years after his death, his thought is still alive. His work left us with many elements yet to think, not because it was unfinished by his sudden death, but because it was meant to be open and interrogative and thus not to be closed off. The essays collected here honor the open-ended nature of Merleau-Ponty’s thought by bringing the themes of his work into dialogue with debates in the humanities, the sciences, and contemporary philosophy.

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  • · ISBN: 978-973-1997-97-1 (ebook) · Online access on this site · Published 2011 ·
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