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The Logos of the Living WorldMerleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language$
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Louise Westling

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823255658

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823255658.001.0001

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A Philosophy of Life

A Philosophy of Life

(p.13) Chapter 1 A Philosophy of Life
The Logos of the Living World

Louise Westling

Fordham University Press

This chapter introduces Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy as implicitly ecological, developing within the context of phenomenology initiated by Husserl and further expanded by Heidegger. Describing Merleau-Ponty’s distinctive focus on the body in Phenomenology of Perception and his ontology of dynamic intertwining or chiasm in The Visible and the Invisible, the discussion places particular emphasis on his lifelong engagement with modern science and its culmination in the Nature lectures in which he explored the philosophical consequences of twentieth-century science. The chapter concludes with analysis of literary explorations of embodiment by Eudora Welty and W.H. Auden.

Keywords:   ecological philosophy, phenomenology, Phenomenology of Perception, embodiment, The Visible and the Invisible, chiasmic ontology, Merleau-Ponty and science, Nature lectures, Eudora Welty, W.H. Auden

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