Five Card Story: Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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A French philosopher and public intellectual, Maurice Jean Jacques Merleau-Ponty, was the leading academic proponent of existentialism and phenomenology in post-war France. He talked about the phenomenologist position in a simple statement: “I live in my body.” By the “lived body,” he implies an entity that can never be objectified or perceived in an entirely objective sort of way, as contrary to the “body as object” of the dualists. This philosophy of Merleau-Ponty was heavily influenced by the work of the known father of Phenomenology and German thinker Edmund Husserl. He then was made famous for during his lifetime and that established him as the generation's leading French phenomenologist in his work Phenomenology of Perception. In it, he aimed to rearticulate the relationship between subject and object, self and universe among numerous other dualisms, and his early and middle study did so primarily through an account of the living and existential body. He argued that the essence of the body, or the body-subject as he sometimes referred to it, is too often overlooked by the philosophical practice that seeks to treat the body simply as an object ordered by a transcendent mind to perform various functions. Here Merleau-Ponty develops his own distinctive understanding of the methodology of phenomenology, influenced by his recent interaction with the unpublished manuscripts of Husserl and his deepened involvement in this tradition with other thinkers. The late works of Husserl gave him an outstanding starting point by explaining and examining intentionality as a multiform opening to the world of life.

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