Merleau-Ponty, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism

Merleau-Ponty, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism

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This book opens up new dimensions in the philosophical thought of Merleau-Ponty and addresses contemporary issues concerning interpretation theory and postmodernity. In Part I the authors employ the texts of Merleau-Ponty to challenge many of assumptions that operate in the current field of hermeneutics. They find in Merleau-Ponty the outline of a hermeneutics of ambiguity that incorporates his accounts of the human body, language, and temporality in working out the concepts of interpretation, context, perspective, truth, and interpersonal transgression. Merleau-Ponty thus enters into a productive dialogue with contemporary thinkers such as Gadamer, Ricoeur, Habermas, Levinas, and Derrida. Part II engages Merleau-Ponty with the many voices of postmodernism. Some of the most able Merleau-Ponty interpreters reveal the richness of his work through variant readings. Can Merleau-Ponty be construed as a postmodern thinker, or as a critic of postmodernism? To what extent can the concepts of flesh, reversibility, and ecart be made to function as deconstructive non-concepts? What can Merleau-Ponty contribute toward a postmodern politics? These essays move the discussion from Derrida to Deleuze, Foucault, and Lyotard.qThrough the performance of my body aquot;I am at grips with [en prise sur] a worldaquot; ( PhP 303/349). ... finite embodied nature of the interpreter, the question of how to adjudicate between perspectives in order to arrive at the objective truth of the situation has been ... In regard to the question of the adjudication of perspectives, Merleau-Ponty proposed two answers, the terms of which a€” language and temporalityanbsp;...

Title:Merleau-Ponty, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism
Author:Thomas W. Busch, Shaun Gallagher
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1992


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