Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 15–34

The end of phenomenology: Expressionism in Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty

  • Leonard Lawlor

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010004210178

Cite this article as:
Lawlor, L. Continental Philosophy Review (1998) 31: 15. doi:10.1023/A:1010004210178


In this paper I examine how well Merleau-Ponty's philosophy can respond to Deleuze's challenge to phenomenology. The Deleuzian challenge is double, that of immanence and that of difference; in other words, the double challenge is what Deleuze calls the paradox of expression. I bring together, in particular, Deleuze's 1969 The Logic of Sense and Merleau-Ponty's 1945 the Phenomenology of Perception, and am able to discover a lot of similarities mainly centered around the notion of a past that has never been present. However, this comparison is not decisive; what alone can decide is an interpretation of expression in Merleau-Ponty's final, unfinished The Visible and the Invisible.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard Lawlor
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MemphisMemphisUSA

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