Connects Merleau-Ponty’s thought to themes and issues central to continental philosophy today.
Intertwinings presents exciting interdisciplinary scholarship on twentieth-century French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The contributors break new ground by bringing Merleau-Ponty's work into conversation with literary theory, architecture, cultural studies, critical race studies, and current feminist theory and practice. Spanning Merleau-Ponty's early and late thought, this volume focuses on the ontological, ethical, and political implications of his unique emphasis on the constitutive intertwinings of inside and outside, self and other, language and gesture, body and world, and identity and difference. Intertwinings affirms Merleau-Ponty's insight that we should not eradicate, but rather celebrate, the corporeal differences that make our encounters with both human and nonhuman others a source of inexplicable richness and endless fascination.
Gail Weiss is Professor of Philosophy and Human Sciences at the George Washington University. She is the coeditor (with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen) of Thinking the Limits of the Body, also published by SUNY Press, and (with Dorothea Olkowski) of Feminist Interpretations of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
"…performs the valuable service of pointing Merleau-Ponty scholarship in a more interdisciplinary direction. " — CHOICE
"This is a philosophically interesting and valuable collection. I like its broad range of topics, its interdisciplinary character, and the fact that it made me think about Merleau-Ponty in unexpected and instructive ways. " — William S. Hamrick, coeditor of Merleau-Ponty and Environmental Philosophy: Dwelling on the Landscapes of Thought