Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 669–672 | Cite as

Scott L. Marratto: The intercorporeal self: Merleau-Ponty on subjectivity

State University of New York Press, 2012, 242 pages, ISBN 9781438442310 $24.95
  • Talia L. WelshEmail author

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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy & Religion #2753University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanoogaUSA

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