Maurice Merleau-Ponty


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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (14 March 1908 – 3 May 1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher, strongly influenced by Karl Marx, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger in addition to being closely associated with Jean-Paul Sartre (who later stated he had been "converted" to Marxism by Merleau-Ponty) and Simone de Beauvoir.

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  • The world is ... the natural setting of, and field for, all my thoughts and all my explicit perceptions. Truth does not "inhabit" only "the inner man," or more accurately, there is no inner man, man i...
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1907-1961), French philosopher. Phenomenology of Perception, preface (1945).
  • ''It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational.''
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1907-1961), French philosopher. Quoted in Lev Braun, Witness of Decline, ch. 8 (1974).
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