Merleau-Ponty's contribution to the theory of recognition

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty was an important twentieth century contributor to the theory of recognition, even though he made literal reference to the concept only sparingly. He emphasized the importance of recognition, not only at the level of inter-personal relations and in the individual’s inclusion in the social, but also in terms of the capacity of human beings to communicate across cultures and across historical distances. The shift towards ontology in his later work provided a renewed grounding for his interest in intersubjectivity and cross-cultural communication. Such continuity might be traced to lasting Hegelian and Marxian legacies in his thinking, which inflected his political interpretation of recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbuch Anerkennung
EditorsLudwig Siep, Heikki Ikaheimo, Michael Quante
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783658195618, 9783658195588
ISBN (Print)9783658195571
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2019


  • Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, 1908-1961. Phénoménologie de la perception
  • Recognition (Philosophy)
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831
  • alter ego
  • institutions
  • flesh
  • Hegel
  • Marx


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