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Merleau-Ponty and rereading the Phenomenology of Perception

Vol. Special Issue

Edited by

Glen Mazis

Official Call for Paper:

Deadline: Tuesday 1st October 2024

When the Phenomenology of Perception was first published in 1945, it was greeted as a transformative departure from the tradition that preceded it, even that of phenomenology in many ways, by placing embodiment in the place that formerly had been occupied by consciousness, its use of the Gestalt to usher in awareness of the background of the perceptual access the world that opened its latency and depth, its treatment of time as radical becoming and its articulation of reversibility which deconstructed subjectivity as an emergent process of ongoing nonfoundational dialogue with the perceived world and others. However, in the decades since then, the scholarship interpreting Merleau-Ponty’s later works and his now published seminars and lectures has brought to light themes that at first were not fully appreciated in the Phenomenology, such as the central role of institution, the key role the imaginal in perception, the importance of latency in perception, interanimality, grounds for the critiques of social norms embedded in the built and historical world, the centrality of poetic language to an indirect ontology, the invisible of the visible, the important of the emotional, the deflagration [or ongoing dehiscence] of the fields of perception, another way of understanding the unconscious, and other themes. This volume asks for contributions that can locate and articulate seeds of Merleau-Ponty’s later, more developed ground-breaking themes as already present within the Phenomenology.
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