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2020.06.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dimitris Apostolopoulos, Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Language, Rowman and Littlefield, 2019, 311pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781786611994. Reviewed by David Morris, Concordia University Dimitris Apostolopoulos' provocative book introduces a new Merleau-Ponty, one for whom language and philosophy of language are so central that language is a concomitant or co-constitutive condition of phenomenology and ontology, alongside perceptual and temporal foundations. Apostolopoulos forthrightly admits this claim about linguistic "foundations" (his preferred term) challenges the usual emphasis on the primacy of perception in Merleau-Ponty. His reading will stir debates in Merleau-Ponty scholarship and phenomenology and enriches the study of the role of language in Merleau-Ponty's philosophy. It also leads to, but leaves open, deeper questions about just what language is and how it relates to what is prior to language. Chapter 1 introduces the problem of language through Merleau-Ponty's first book, The Structure of Behaviour (1942), which,... Read More

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