In this book, Emmanuel Alloa offers a handrail for venturing into the complexities of the work of the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-61). Through a comprehensive analysis of the three main phases of Merleau-Ponty's thinking and a thorough knowledge of his many unpublished manuscripts, the author traces how Merleau-Ponty's philosophy evolved and exposes the remarkable coherence that structures it from within.
Alloa teases out the continuity of a motive that traverses the entire oeuvre as a common thread. Merleau-Ponty struggled incessantly against any kind of ideology of transparency, whether of the world, of the self, of knowledge, or of the self's relation to others.
Already translated into several languages, Alloa's innovative reading of this crucially important thinker shows why the issues Merleau-Ponty raised are, more than ever, those of our time.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
Emmanuel Alloa's insightful book compellingly shows how Maurice Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is oriented by a resistance manifest in things and the sensible world... Alloa's book will be an important touch point on themes of resistance, passivity, and method in Merleau-Ponty. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Resistance of the Sensible World is a work of substance and erudition that focuses on Merleau-Ponty's central themes of perception, language, and ontology. It is a welcome addition to the growing body of new scholarship on this enduringly pertinent phenomenologist. -- -Richard M. Shusterman * author of Body Consciousness: A Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics *
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