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Few writers' unfinished works are thought of between their most vital, yet such is the case with Merleau-Ponty's The seen and the Invisible. What exists of it's a mere starting, but it bridged modernism and postmodernism in philosophy. Low makes use of fabric from a few of Merleau-Ponty's later works because the foundation for crowning glory. operating from this fabric and the philosopher's personal define, Low provides how this significant paintings could have seemed had Merleau-Ponty lived to accomplish it.

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Therefore, just as the body opens upon a perceptual world that folds back upon it, creating a meaningful gestalt, so bodily gestures, including the voice, the word, open upon a field of sublimated meanings (sublimated from the body’s lived perceptual encounter with the world) that fold back upon them. There is a chiasm between the perceiver and the perceived where meaning is first formed. Then there is a chiasm between perceptual gesturing and vocal gesturing; words and other bodily gestures (such as a caress or the shaking of one’s fist) express or prolong the lived-through, emotional encounter with the world and others.

Perhaps then language lies somewhere between total coincidence and total deception (VI 125). We need only to take language in the living or nascent state . . Language is a life, is our life and the life of things. Not that language takes possession of life and reserves it for itself: what would there be to say if there existed nothing but things said? It is the error of the semantic philosophies to close up language as if it spoke only of itself: language lives only from silence; everything we cast to the others has germinated in this great mute land which we never leave.

As there is a reflexivity of the touch, of sight, and of the touch-vision system, there is a reflexivity of the movements of phonation and of hearing. (VI 144) This new reversibility and the emergence of the flesh as expression are the point of insertion of speaking and thinking in the world of silence. (VI 144–45) As we observed above, for Merleau-Ponty perception is already meaningful and is already a gesture. Because perception is active, interested, engaged, it confronts the world in a lived-through interaction that produces a meaning.

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