What is it about?
This essay is primarily concerned with probing the possibility of a phenomenological ontology. Merleau-Ponty does favor Heidegger’s later move toward an indirect expression of Being but does not think that he consistently maintains this view. The lecture course makes evident a number of differences between the two philosophers, with Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy solving more problems than that of his much revered counterpart.
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Why is it important?
It has been said that one of the great tragedies of twentieth century continental philosophy is the shockingly premature death of Merleau-Ponty. Part of this tragedy is that many scholars were hoping for and looking forward to the sort of detailed criticism of Heidegger that he had previously offered of Sartre. His late lectures, while not overly critical, provide a number of insightful criticisms of Heidegger's philosophy.
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This page is a summary of: Merleau-Ponty’s Lectures on Heidegger, Research in Phenomenology, April 2021, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15691640-12341467.
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