Merleau-Ponty Vivant

Edited by M. C. Dillon

Subjects: Continental Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791406595, 224 pages, August 1991
Hardcover : 9780791406588, 224 pages, August 1991

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Table of contents


Preface: Merleau-Ponty and Postmodernity
M.C. Dillon

1. "The Element of Voluminousness:" Depth and Place Reexamined
Edward S. Casey

2. Reversible Subjectivity: The Problem of Transcendence and Language
Duane H. Davis

3. Visions of Narcissism: Intersubjectivity and the Reversals of Reflection
David Michael Levin

4. Imperatives
Alphonso Lingis

5. Merleau-Ponty's Destruction of Logocentrism
G. B. Madison

6. Phenomenology and Metaphysics: Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty
Joseph Margolis

7. The Text of the Speaking Subject: From Merleau-Ponty to Kristeva
Hugh J. Silverman

8. The Thinker and the Painter
Jacques Taminiaux

Notes on Contributors


Situates Merleau-Ponty’s thinking in the last decade of the twentieth century, both with regard to general context and specific themes.


The essays in this volume situate Merleau-Ponty's thinking in the last decade of the twentieth century, both with regard to general context and with regard to specific themes. These are original contributions which reconfigure traditional patterns of thought by means of a plurality of styles which reflect each author's response to Merleau-Ponty's incomplete vision. The text opens with a new vision of space and proceeds to reorient traditional structures of thinking in ethics, psychology, political theory, axiology, language theory, metaphysics, textuality, semiology, and aesthetics. Through this procession one witnesses currently emerging views of subjectivity, objectivity, location, locution, and personal style as these themes have evolved through the deconstructive critique. Contributors include Edward S. Casey, Duane H. Davis, David Michael Levin, Alphonso Lingis, G. B. Madison, Joseph Margolis, Hugh J. Silverman, and Jacques Taminiaux.

M. C. Dillon is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is also the author of Merleau-Ponty's Ontology and numerous journal articles on topics relating to Merleau-Ponty's thought.


"The topic is extremely significant. In my view, the study can help to reorient continental philosophy, and also have some impact on Anglo-American thought. Dillon is to be congratulated for having assembled such a splendid collection of essays." — Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame

"I find this a very impressive set of essays, both in terms of their quality and their representational characteristics. A true (and valid) diversity of work on Merleau-Ponty currently occurs in the field, indicating the on-going interest of work on this thinker. Dillon's volume has both historical interest, papers which relate directly to internal problems regarding the interpretation of the text, as well as those which both 'reexamine' and extend his work. And, the authors involved are experts that readers will recognize immediately. Dillon has done an excellent job at compiling the work. It will be a welcome addition to SUNY Press' many fine works in continental philosophy." — Stephen Watson, University of Notre Dame