By George J. Marshall
"Published in 2008 via Marquette collage Press, George Marshall's _A consultant to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception_ is a welcome boost the corpus of English language existentialist scholarship. Marshall is a long-time professor of continental philosophy on the college of Regina in Canada.
While widely known inside ecu philosophy as a number one contributor to existentialism and phenomenology (arguably eclipsed simply through Husserl and Heidegger), Merleau-Ponty has been principally ignored by way of readers reared within the Anglo-American culture. released in 1945 the `Phenomenology of Perception' is Merleau-Ponty's most sensible identified work."
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Hegel is not simply a critic of Kant. Hegel, early in his career, referred to himself as a follower of Kant as did all the German Idealists. And with them, he felt that the problem was that Kant did not go far enough in transforming our perspective; as a result Kant did not really understand what the problem was that was facing philosophy. For Hegel, Kant like no other philosopher grasps that human knowledge is perspectival. This entailed a radical transformation of the way in which we look at things.
Their discoveries produced a sense of optimism about the power of human reason that perhaps has never been rivaled. At the same time, it was a period of decline for philosophy. Descartes’ own experience in university was of a dying Scholasticism that had little attraction for him. Philosophy had become so inbred that it looked as if all that philosophers did was comment on the commentaries of other philosopher’s commentaries on still other commentaries. It had become so hard to see that philosophy had anything to do with reality.
Much of the Phenomenology of Perception will be an exploration of their implications. 8. Conclusion: a New Way of Looking at Things and a New Understanding of the Problem As one reads Merleau-Ponty, it is easy to develop a bit of uneasiness about how he uses the history of philosophy. In the “Preface” of the Phenomenology of Perception, we will see Merleau-Ponty interpreting Husserl and Heidegger as if there is no real difference between them, when the very themes that he presents are the ones that most commentators would use to distinguish their positions.
A Guide to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception (Marquette Studies in Philosophy) by George J. Marshall