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Thinking in Dialogue with Humanities

Karel Novotny, Taylor S. Hammer, Anne Gléonec, Petr Specian (eds)

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In an article written in 1959, in commemoration of Husserl’s 100th birthday, Merleau-Ponty writes that “with regard to a philosopher whose venture has awakened so many echoes, and at such an apparent distance from the point where he himself stood, any commemoration is also a betrayal” (“The Philosopher and His Shadow” p. 159). These words, however, are not meant to prevent us from commemorating a philosopher and his work. Quite the contrary, for Merleau-Ponty this “betrayal” seems to have a positive meaning. In fact it means that, in order to do justice to a philosopher’s work we should not – or perhaps, we could not – merely repeat it. To keep the thought alive we should trace and conjure up its “unthoughts,” and the greater the work of a philosopher, the richer the unthought elements in that work. Commemorating Merleau-Ponty’s 100th birthday in 2008, nearly 50 years after his death, his thought is still alive. His work left us with many elements yet to think, not because it was unfinished by his sudden death, but because it was meant to be open and interrogative and thus not to be closed off. The essays collected here honor the open-ended nature of Merleau-Ponty’s thought by bringing the themes of his work into dialogue with various debates in the humanities, the sciences, and contemporary philosophy.

Zeta Books - Postscriptum OPO
506 pages - 13 × 20 cm
ISBN 978-973-1997-96-4 - février 2011

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