Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy

Edited by Emmanuel Alloa, Frank Chouraqui, and Rajiv Kaushik

Subjects: Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Hardcover : 9781438476919, 324 pages, December 2019
Paperback : 9781438476902, 324 pages, July 2020

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Table of contents

Texts of Merleau-Ponty’s, Abbreviated

Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy: An Introduction
Emmanuel Alloa, Frank Chouraqui, Rajiv Kaushik


The Three Senses of Flesh: Concerning an Impasse in Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology
Renaud Barbaras

Vortex of Time. Merleau-Ponty on Temporality
Bernhard Waldenfels and Regula Giuliani

Undergoing an Experience: Sensing, Bodily Affordances, and the Institution of the Self
Emmanuel Alloa

Between Sense and Non-Sense: Merleau-Ponty and “The Silence of the Absolute Language”
Stephen Watson

Mind and Nature

The Truth of Naturalism
Jocelyn Benoist

The Panpsychism Question in Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology
Jennifer McWeeny

Merleau-Ponty and Biosemiotics: From the Issue of Meaning in Living Beings to a New Deal between Science and Metaphysics
Annabelle Dufourcq

Politics, Power, Institution

The Institution of the Law: Merleau-Ponty and Lefort
Bernard Flynn

Post-Truth Politics and the Paradox of Power
Frank Chouraqui

Institutional Habits: About Bodies and Orientations that Don’t Fit
Sara Ahmed

Art and Creation

Art after the Sublime in Merleau-Ponty and Andre Breton: Aesthetics and the Politics of Mad Love
Galen A. Johnson

Institution and Critique of the Museum in “Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence”
Rajiv Kaushik

Deleuze’s “Philosophy-Cinema”: A Variation on Merleau-Ponty’s “A-Philosophy”?
Mauro Carbone

Strong Beauty: In Face of Structures of Exclusion
Veronique M. Foti

Merleau-Ponty: An Attempt at a Response
Jean-Luc Nancy


Assesses the importance of Merleau-Ponty to current and ongoing concerns in contemporary philosophy.


Maurice Merleau-Ponty is widely recognized as one of the major figures of twentieth-century philosophy. The recent publication of his lecture courses and posthumous working notes has opened new avenues for both the interpretation of his thought and philosophy in general. These works confirm that, with a surprising premonition, Merleau-Ponty addressed many of the issues that concern philosophy today. With the benefit of this fuller picture of his thought, Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy undertakes an assessment of the philosopher's relevance for contemporary thinking. Covering a diverse range of topics, including ontology, epistemology, anthropology, embodiment, animality, politics, language, aesthetics, and art, the editors gather representative voices from North America and Europe, including both Merleau-Ponty specialists and thinkers who have come to the philosopher's work through their own thematic interest.

Emmanuel Alloa is Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His books include Resistance of the Sensible World: An Introduction to Merleau-Ponty. Frank Chouraqui is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Continental Philosophy at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. His books include Ambiguity and the Absolute: Nietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the Question of Truth. Rajiv Kaushik is Professor of Philosophy at Brock University, Canada. His books include Merleau-Ponty between Philosophy and Symbolism: The Matrixed Ontology, also published by SUNY Press.


"Merleau-Ponty and Contemporary Philosophy offers a rich set of writings by central and rising scholars, spanning various languages and traditions, who together show Merleau-Ponty's continuing relevance for contemporary thinking on phenomenology, mind and nature, politics and power, and art and creation. This book will advance scholarship and also open new doors for those seeking to find their way into Merleau-Ponty's ways of thinking. " — David Morris, author of The Sense of Space