Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Biology, and Ontology

2014.06.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Véronique Fóti, Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Biology, and Ontology,
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2014.06.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Véronique Fóti, Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Biology, and Ontology, Northwestern University Press, 2013, 170pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780810129009. Reviewed by Scott Marratto, Michigan Technological University The concept of expression is arguably a key to Merleau-Ponty's whole philosophy. The philosophical problems that preoccupy him, from the late 1930's to the time of his death in 1961 -- how to conceive of mind as essentially incarnate; how to conceive the intertwining of culture and nature in the world of perception; how to think the inscription of ideality and truth within the always-finite terrain of historicity, language and institutions; how, in short, to think being as "flesh" -- all coalesce around what Merleau-Ponty calls the "paradox of expression" (The Visible and the Invisible, 144). Perhaps not surprisingly, the. . .

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