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The Philosophy of Ontological Lateness: Merleau-Ponty and the Task of Thinking

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2018.04.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Keith Whitmoyer, The Philosophy of Ontological Lateness: Merleau-Ponty and the Task of Thinking, Bloomsbury, 2017, 224 pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781350003972. Reviewed by Michael R. Kelly, University of San Diego As the work's title suggests, its target audience is scholars who work on Merleau-Ponty's philosophy in relation to twentieth- and twenty-first-century Continental philosophy. The book contains many fine (and fine-grained) analyses of major texts and themes in Merleau-Ponty's philosophy. Whitmoyer puts these analyses in dialogue with reflections on the history of philosophy and classical phenomenology (these seemingly read through the lenses of late Heideggerian and post-Heideggerian French philosophy) as well with figures such as Marcel Proust, Quentin Meillassoux, and Jean Luc Nancy. Though scholars who engage Merleau-Ponty from the tradition of classical phenomenology or analytical philosophy. . .

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Vagueness

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[Revised entry by Roy Sorensen on April 5, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] There is wide agreement that a term is vague to the extent that it has borderline cases. This makes the notion of a borderline case crucial in accounts of vagueness. I shall concentrate on an historical characterization of borderline cases that most commentators would accept. Vagueness will then be contrasted with ambiguity and generality. This will clarify the nature of the philosophical challenge posed by vagueness. I will then discuss some rival theories of vagueness with an emphasis on many-valued logic, supervaluationism...

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Descriptions

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[Revised entry by Peter Ludlow on April 5, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Russell (1919), writing in prison, made the following now famous declaration of the importance of definite descriptions, and in particular the definite determiner 'the': ... in this chapter we shall consider the word the in the singular, and in the next chapter we shall consider the word...

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