Merleau-Ponty is claimed to be “one of the most important figures in the existential and phenomenological traditions in the twentieth-century Continental philosophy”. And this Guide for the Perplexed by Eric Matthews set out to explore the key themes of the philosopher including his ideas about Perception; Embodiment; Behaviour; Being Human; Time; other People, Society & History, Art and Perception.

In my view, this book is a good enough introduction to Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception. If my personal experience while studying this book was one of being a bit ‘dry’ it still allows for directly introducing the main concepts one needs to grasp in order to enjoy then reading an author who is not generally considered easy to understand. Merlau-Ponty’s work is indeed worth the effort.

  • See Phenomenology of Perception
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  • Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception has contributed to some understanding towards my qualitative research using a phenomenological research method, found here


Book details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (24 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780826485328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826485328
  • ASIN: 0826485324

English French Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Maurice-Merleau-Ponty