Phenomenology: Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception
from 2 to 4 pm
ScheduleReadingRequirementsPrerequisitesLecturesVirtual ReaderPaper Topics
growing interest in the role of the body in perception, and in the
related question of the possibility and nature of non-conceptual
content, Merleau-Ponty’s classic work, Phenomenology of Perception,
has become increasingly relevant. We will read the book in order to
understand and evaluate Merleau-Ponty’s arguments against what he calls
empiricism (a sort of behaviorism) and intellectualism (cognitivism),
as well as his positive account of what he calls motor intentionality —
a kind of intentionality without conceptual content that, Merleau-Ponty
argues, is the basic way human beings are embedded in the world.
SCHEDULE as of December 31st, 2013
22, 24 Intro: “Cezanne’s Doubt” [Sense and Nonsense, pp. 9-21]
Jan. 29, 31 Kelly and Noe debate
Merleau-Ponty on Cinema, “The Film and the New Psychology”
[Sense & Nonsense,
pp. 48-top of 54],
Note: These texts are available on ‘bSpace’ for those taking the class.
Feb. 5, 7 Association, Attention and Judgment, pp. 13-52.
Feb. 12, 14 Body as an Object, Body in Classical Psychology, pp. 69-100
Feb. 19, 21 Motricity (1), pp. 100-156
Feb. 26, 28 Motricity (2)
Feb. 28 FIRST PAPER DUE
March 5, 7 Body and Sexuality, pp. 156-179
March 12 Body as Expression and Speech, pp. 179-209 (Noe)
March 14,19, 21 Sensing, pp. 209-252
April 2, 4 The thing (1), pp. 312-342
April 9, 11 The thing (2)
April 16, 18 Other Selves, pp. 361-387
April 23, 25 Cogito, pp. 387-431
April 30, May2 Freedom (Merleau-Ponty vs. Sartre), pp. 458-483
Sartre, Being and Nothingness, pp. 559-569, 594-599, 619-629
May 6, 10 Review
MAY 13 SECOND PAPER DUE
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology
of Perception, 2012, Donald Landes, Trans., Routledge. Hardcover |
ISBN-10: 0415558697 | ISBN-13: 978-0415558693.
Note: This is the only translation that will be used in
the course. (If you bought the old translation, you will need to get a
bSpace you have access to the other texts mentionned in the schedule
above. For those who do not have access, I will eventually make these
texts available here.
Attendance and contribution to weekly discussion sections.
Reading about 40 pages per week of the Phenomenology of Perception.
Two 7-8 page papers, or one 15 page paper.
History of Modern Philosophy (25B) or an
equivalent course is required.
It would also help to have taken
Searle’s Philosophy of Mind (132) and/or to have taken Descartes (170)
and or Kant (178).
Created on 15 october 2012, updated 8 january 2013