A matrix of intellectual and historical experiences: the Marxist core in Merleau-Ponty's post-war thinking

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This article seeks to contribute to the efforts to re-evaluate the importance of the political in Merleau-Ponty’s thinking. The article first shows that Sartre’s description of Merleau-Ponty’s intellectual trajectory as one of increasing political apathy from the 1950s onwards is not accurate. The article then draws on textual evidence to demonstrate that throughout the post-war period, including in his project for a new ontology, Merleau-Ponty believed that a revised version of Marxism would provide the philosophical position upon which a viable mode of linking philosophy and politics could rest. This revised Marxism would rely upon the latter’s capacity for self-transformation.
LanguageEnglish
JournalSymposium
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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Marxism
political apathy
post-war period
intellectual
ontology
experience
politics
evidence
philosophy

Keywords

  • Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, 1908-1961. Phénoménologie de la perception
  • Marx, Karl

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