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Mead and Merleau-Ponty
Toward A Common Vision
Mead and Merleau-Ponty
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Sandra B. Rosenthal - Author
Patrick L. Bourgeois - Author
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Hardcover - 231 pages
Release Date: October 1991
ISBN10: 0-7914-0789-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0789-9

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Paperback - 231 pages
Release Date: October 1991
ISBN10: 0-7914-0790-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0790-5

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"The authors delineate the distinctive strengths of Mead the pragmatist and Merleau-Ponty the existential phenomenologist and then trace the ways in which they mutually reinforce each other. Through this technique in chapter after chapter they analyze important points in the philosophy of the two thinkers in new and fruitful fashion."--Lewis E. Hahn, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

"This is certainly a provocative interpretation of both philosophers. Part of its interest is the systematic way it locates Mead's pragmatism and Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology in the context of the dominant traditions of Western philosophy, showing the similarity of their reactions to the fundamental assumptions of both rationalist and empiricist philosophies.

"I found myself disagreeing with the authors at several points. But the intensity with which I had to concentrate on those very sections is evidence that this is a book to be taken seriously." -- Beth J. Singer, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

This book unites George Herbert Mead and Maurice Merleau-Ponty in a shared rejection of substance philosophy as well as spectator theory of knowledge, in favor of a focus on the ultimacy of temporal process and the constitutive function of social praxis. Both Mead and Merleau-Ponty return to the richness of lived experience within nature, and both lead to radically new, insightful visions of the nature of selfhood, language, freedom, and time itself, as well as of the nature of the relation between the so-called "tensions" of appearance and reality, sensation and object, the individual and the community, freedom and constraint, and continuity and creativity.

Sandra B. Rosenthal and Patrick L. Bourgeois are both Professors in the Philosophy Department at Loyola University, New Orleans.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Structure of Behavior and the Content of Perception: Converging Perspectives

2. "Sensation," Object, and World: The Holistic View

3. Approaches to the Nature of Time

4. Dimensions of the Decentered Self

5. The Life of Language

6. The Pattern of Freedom: The Diversity of Interwoven Threads

Notes

Bibliography of Works Cited

Index



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