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Phenomenology or deconstruction? : the question of ontology by Merleau-Ponty, Maurice; Nancy, Jean-Luc; Ricœur, Paul;

By Merleau-Ponty, Maurice; Nancy, Jean-Luc; Ricœur, Paul; Nancy, Jean-Luc; Ricœur, Paul; Merleau-Ponty, Maurice; Watkin, Christopher

Phenomenology or Deconstruction? demanding situations conventional understandings of the connection among phenomenology and deconstruction via new readings of the paintings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricur and Jean-Luc Nancy. a continuing discussion with Jacques Derrida's engagement with phenomenological issues offers the impetus to constructing a brand new figuring out of 'being' and 'presence' that exposes major blindspots inherent in conventional readings of either phenomenology and deconstruction. In reproducing neither a inventory phenomenological response to deconstruction nor the regimen deconstructive studying of phenomenology, Christopher Watkin presents a clean overview of the chances for the way forward for phenomenology, besides a brand new examining of the deconstructive legacy. via distinctive reports of the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Ricur and Nancy, he indicates how a phenomenological culture a lot wider and richer than Husserlian or Heideggerean suggestion by myself can take account of Derrida's critique of ontology and but nonetheless carry a dedication to the ontological.
This new examining of being and presence essentially re-draws our figuring out of the relation of deconstruction and phenomenology, and offers the 1st sustained dialogue of the chances and difficulties for any destiny 'deconstructive phenomenology'

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Cette facticité du monde est ce qui fait la Weltlichkeit du Welt, ce qui fait que le monde est monde. (PP xii)29 This, for Merleau-Ponty, is not simply a claim to the facticity of the world completely divorced from the question of its essence, however, for essentiality encroaches onto facticity. 30 In Lévinas, the ‘il y a’ of brute Being is indeterminate and content-free, an absolute other beyond calculation. 31 It is indeterminate, but only relatively so, a proto-meaningfulness as opposed to a meaningless facticity.

Although no synthesis is possible, the duality is itself unstable. Its instability is no bar to its philosophical usefulness, however. On the contrary, for the task of philosophy is to elaborate a concept of being such that its contradictions, neither accepted nor transcended, still have their place (RC 128/TFL 90). Marcel Gauchet draws out the implications of this diplopia in suggesting that ‘s’organisant dans la diplopie, la métaphysique n’y est pas purement et simplement enfermée . . ’93 Repetition in difference here is vanishingly close to Derridean différance, though Merleau-Ponty’s distortion retains a level of tension between the gathering and scattering of sense that is not present in Derridean dissemination.

It is never a matter of sheer sensible content devoid of synthetic connection and over against it an activity of synthesis that would compose the full perceptual object from that content. Rather, the effect of Merleau-Ponty’s analysis is to deconstruct the very distinction between synthetic form and sensible content. Instead of an external correlation of form and content, his analysis uncovers at every level a sensible content that is already informed – or, more precisely, a sensible fragment that is already installed within a horizonal structure and through that structure already engaged in synthesis .

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