The Systematic Import of Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy of Literature

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Scholarly discussions of Merleau-Ponty’s aesthetics tend to focus on his philosophy of painting. By contrast, comparatively little attention has been paid to his philosophy of literature. However, he also draws significant conclusions from his work on literary expression. As I will argue, these reflections inform at least two important positions of his later thought. First, Merleau-Ponty’s account of “indirect” literary language led him to develop a hybrid view of phenomenological expression, on which expression is both creative and descriptive. Second, a study of literature furnished him with the resources to develop a novel account of phenomenological “essences”, which holds that essences are revisable explanations of first-order experience. Both results have been overlooked by commentators. They demonstrate the systematic import of Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of literature and language, and amount to a qualified extension of a basic Husserlian position.
No keywords specified (fix it)
Reprint years
2017, 2018
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
Archival date: 2020-03-29
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
168 ( #40,500 of 71,187 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
30 ( #27,878 of 71,187 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.