Merleau-Ponty’s Contributions to the Theory of Recognition

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty was an important twentieth century contributor to the theory of recognition, even though he made literal reference to the concept only sparingly. He emphasized the importance of recognition, not only at the level of inter-personal relations and in the individual’s inclusion in the social, but also in terms of the capacity of human beings to communicate across cultures and across historical distances. The shift towards ontology in his later work provided a renewed grounding for his interest in intersubjectivity and cross-cultural communication. Such continuity might be traced to lasting Hegelian and Marxian legacies in his thinking, which inflected his political interpretation of recognition.


Alter ego Institutions Flesh Hegel Marx 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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