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By Stephen H. Watson

Maurice Merleau-Ponty is well known for his emphasis on embodied perceptual adventure. This emphasis in the beginning relied seriously at the optimistic result of Gestalt psychology in addressing matters in philosophical psychology and philosophy of brain from a phenomenological point of view. even if, a ways much less paintings has been performed in addressing his evolving perception of ways such an account inspired extra basic philosophical concerns in epistemology, money owed of rationality, or its prestige of theoretical discourse.

Developing the paintings he has already performed in In the Shadow of Phenomenology to deal with this hole within the literature, Stephen H. Watson extra examines the responses to Merleau-Ponty's contributions to those concerns. This booklet emphasises the old and intersubjective underpinnings of Merleau-Ponty's overdue debts, in terms of rationality, establishment and neighborhood, and examines its implications.

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T he L ong Farewell to Subject-C entered Rationality I In t h e c r u c ia l t e x t o f h is fin a l t h o u g h t . T h e Crisis o f th e E u ro p ea n Sciences, H u s s e r l a t te m p te d to a d d r e s s w h a t h e c a lle d a n a p p a r e n t p a r a d o x a n d ‘a tru ly s e r io u s d iffic u lty w h ic h a ssa ils o u r w h o le u n d e r t a k in g ’; p h c n o m c n o lo g ica lly , ‘e v e r y th in g o b je c tiv e is tr a n sfo r m e d in to s o m e t h in g su b je c tiv e ’ (K: 1 7 8 ) .

G r a n te d t h e V ieldeutigkeit o f s u c h fr a g m e n ts, t h e p r o b le m is n o t t h e d e p r iv a tio n b u t t h e p lu r a liz a tio n o f m e a n in g , t h e p o ly m o r p h is m o f B e in g . It is still tr u e in t h e c o n c l u d in g n o t e th a t ‘th e c o n c e p t io n o f h isto r y o n e w ill c o m e to w ill b e n o w is e eth ica l lik e th a t o f S a r tr e ’ (VI: 2 7 5 ) . V a lu es r e m a in n e c e s s a r y b u t in s u f f ic ie n t. W ith o u t c o lla p s in g t h e e th ic a l in t o h istory, w e r e m a in s im ila r ly c o n d e m n e d to r e sp o n sib ility , d iv id e d still, t o u s e M o n t a ig n e ’s te r m s, b e t w e e n t h e u se fu l o r t h e e x p e d ie n t (u tile ) a n d t h e h o n o r a b le (h o n e s tu m ).

C lea r ly s u c h a s y m b o lic s c a n n o t b e r e s tr ic te d to o u r c o g n it iv e h isto r y b u t a ls o in v o lv e s o u r p a s s io n s , a g a in o u r h is tr io n ic s . ’71 I f U r e m p fin d u n g su sta in s o u r p a ss io n s , it d o e s n o t d e r iv e s o le ly fr o m t h e m , in is o la tio n fr o m t h e in te r s u b je c tiv e h is t o r ie s , r o le s , a n d n a rra tiv e s b e t w e e n w h ic h e a c h b e c o m e s e x p r e s s e d as écart. A s in t h e mise en scène o f t h e th e a te r , s ig n if ic a t io n is alw ays a n o b liq u e , in te r su b je c tiv e , a n d “la te r a l” in te r v e n t io n (EC): 5 3 ) .

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