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[Xmca-l] Re: Leontyev's activities
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Earlier today I tried to send a message about a new translation of Merleau-Ponty's book Phenomenology of Perception. Apparently my message disappeared into the aether - which is unfortunate because I think that M-P provides an example of what Lubomir is looking for. Merleau-Ponty wrote about both humanism/existentialism and marxism, and his philosophical/psychological writings dissolved the boundaries between these two. I am copying below the publisher's information and a link.
On Aug 20, 2013, at 5:05 PM, Lubomir Savov Popov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> It is interesting to study how ideas about holistic presentation of reality are operationalized/concretized in Dialectical Materialism and in the humanist approaches.
First published in 1945, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s monumental Phénoménologie de la perception signalled the arrival of a major new philosophical and intellectual voice in post-war Europe. Breaking with the prevailing picture of existentialism and phenomenology at the time, it has become one of the landmark works of twentieth-century thought. This new translation, the first for over fifty years, makes this classic work of philosophy available to a new generation of readers.
Phenomenology of Perception stands in the great phenomenological tradition of Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre. Yet Merleau-Ponty’s contribution is decisive, as he brings this tradition and other philosophical predecessors, particularly Descartes and Kant, to confront a neglected dimension of our experience: the lived body and the phenomenal world. Charting a bold course between the reductionism of science on the one hand and "intellectualism" on the other, Merleau-Ponty argues that we should regard the body not as a mere biological or physical unit, but as the body which structures one’s situation and experience within the world.
Merleau-Ponty enriches his classic work with engaging studies of famous cases in the history of psychology and neurology as well as phenomena that continue to draw our attention, such as phantom limb syndrome, synaesthesia, and hallucination. This new translation includes many helpful features such as the reintroduction of Merleau-Ponty’s discursive Table of Contents as subtitles into the body of the text, a comprehensive Translator’s Introduction to its main themes, essential notes explaining key terms of translation, an extensive Index, and an important updating of Merleau-Ponty’s references to now available English translations.
Also included is a new foreword by Taylor Carman and an introduction to Merleau-Ponty by Claude Lefort.
Translated by Donald A. Landes.
"It is impossible to define an object in cutting it off from the subject through which and for which it is an object; and the subject reveals itself only through the objects in which it is engaged. Such an affirmation only makes the content of naive experience explicit, but it is rich in consequences. Only in taking it as a basis will one succeed in building an ethics to which man can totally and sincerely adhere. It is therefore of extreme importance to establish it solidly and to give back to man this childish audacity that years of verbal submission have taken away: the audacity to say: "I am here." This is why The Phenomenology of Perception by Maurice Merleau-Ponty is not only a remarkable specialist work but a book that is of interest to the whole of man and to every man; the human condition is at stake in this book." - Simone de Beauvoir, 1945
Foreword, Taylor Carman
Introduction, Claude Lefort
Introduction: Classical Prejudices and the Return to Phenomena
II. Association and the Projection of Memories
III. Attention and Judgment
IV. The Phenomenal Field
Part 1: The Body
1. The Body as an Object and Mechanistic Physiology
2. The Experience of the Body and Classical Psychology
3. The Spatiality of the One’s Own Body and Motility
4. The Synthesis of One’s Own Body
5. The Body as a Sexed Being
6. Speech and the Body as Expression
Part 2: The Perceived World
9. The Thing and the Natural World
10. Others and the Human World
Part 3: Being-For-Itself and Being-In-The-World
11. The Cogito
Bibliography of English Translations cited
Additional Work Cited
Maurice Merleau-Ponty was born in 1908 in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France. Drawn to philosophy from a young age, Merleau-Ponty would go on to study alongside Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Simone Weil at the famous École Normale Supérieure. He completed a Docteur ès lettres based on two dissertations, La structure du comportement (1942) andPhénoménologie de la perception (1945). After a brief post at the University of Lyon, Merleau-Ponty returned to Paris in 1949 when he was awarded the Chair of Psychology and Pedagogy at the Sorbonne. In 1952 he became the youngest philosopher ever appointed to the prestigious Chair of Philosophy at the Collège de France. He died suddenly of a stroke in 1961 aged fifty-three, at the height of his career. He is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.