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Ambiguity and the AbsoluteNietzsche and Merleau-Ponty on the Question of Truth$
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Frank Chouraqui

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254118

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254118.001.0001

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Existential Reduction and the Object of Truth

Existential Reduction and the Object of Truth

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Ambiguity and the Absolute

Frank Chouraqui

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines Merleau-Ponty’s challenge to the Husserlian theory of phenomenological reduction. Unlike Husserl’s version, Merleau-Ponty’s reduction cannot be operated by consciousness itself, for beginning with consciousness can only return us to consciousness and to an arbitrary transcendental idealism. Instead, Merleau-Ponty proposes a reduction operated not by withdrawal and suspension, but on the contrary, by a saturation of perception. This, Merleau-Ponty concludes, indicates that what can be revealed by a properly understood epoche is only the movement from which the world becomes an object for one. This procedure unmasks the world and the subject as correlative illusions.

Keywords:   Reduction, Epoche, Saturation, Activity, Passivity

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