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Merleau-Ponty and Nishida
Artistic Expression as Motor-Perceptual Faith
Merleau-Ponty and Nishida
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Adam Loughnane - Author
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 352 pages
Release Date: October 2019
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7611-7

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Places the phenomenologies of Merleau-Ponty and Nishida into dialogue and uncovers a demand for a motor-perceptual form of faith in both philosophers’ meditations on artistic expression.

In Merleau-Ponty and Nishida, Adam Loughnane initiates a dialogue between two of the twentieth century’s most important phenomenologists from the Eastern and Western philosophical worlds. He guides the reader through the complexities and innovations of Merleau-Ponty’s and Nishida’s theories of artistic expression and their rarely explored concepts of faith. He illuminates the intricacies of their views by analyzing artists such as Cézanne, Sesshū, Rodin, and Hasegawa, as well as other major figures of European, Chinese, and Japanese art history, who enact a radical form of expression that Loughnane calls the practice of “motor-perceptual faith.” He argues that the artist’s motor-perceptual body, as poetically articulated in Merleau-Ponty’s and Nishida’s early works, enacts a form of faith that can be parsed in the final writings of both philosophers. The concept of faith is enlarged through its enactment by the artist, while the concept of artistic expression is broadened by casting it as a motor-perceptual conception of faith. Merleau-Ponty and Nishida is an exciting new intercultural reading of these philosophers’ writings that opens up underexplored areas of their projects. It forms an important conceptual bridge between the two, while challenging distinctions between art, philosophy, and religion, and ultimately philosophy East and West.

“Loughnane illuminates the ambiguous, chiasmatic, and dynamic relationality between the body and the world, providing concrete examples from art history East and West. He not only skillfully explains Nishida’s and Merleau-Ponty’s ontological notions, but also puts their philosophy to the test of art works, proving that their thinking reveals an important truth of art.” — Takeshi Kimoto, Chukyo University

Adam Loughnane is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University College Cork, Ireland.

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