Scott L. Marratto: The intercorporeal self: Merleau-Ponty on subjectivity
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Increased interest in Merleau-Ponty’s work in the last few decades has encouraged a number of English-language books solely devoted to his philosophy to appear. Scott L. Marratto’s The Intercorporeal Self: Merleau-Ponty on Subjectivity is a recent attempt to provide a book length treatment of Merleau-Ponty’s wide-ranging work. In order to accomplish the difficult task of summarizing a philosopher who failed to provide many summaries, the text mainly focuses on The Phenomenology of Perception. This is not an introductory text to Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy and readers should not only have carefully read at least The Phenomenology of Perception but also would be well-benefited to have more than passing familiarity with Jacques Derrida’s approach to philosophy and his critique of Merleau-Ponty. In addition, Marratto references discussions in the cognitive sciences and phenomenology which will be familiar to the readers of this journal.
The book’s philosophical contribution is twofold: 1. A...
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