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Merleau-Ponty’s aesthetic interworld: from primordial percipience to wild logos


Daly, A, Merleau-Ponty's aesthetic interworld: from primordial percipience to wild logos, Philosophy Today, 62, (3) pp. 847-867. ISSN 0031-8256 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5840/philtoday20181024231


The overall aim of this paper is to defend the value of the arts as uniquely instructive regarding philosophical questions. Specifically, I aim to achieve two things: firstly, to show that through the phenomenological challenge to dualist and monist ontologies the key debate in aesthetics regarding subjective response and objective judgment is reconfigured and resolved. I argue that Merleau-Ponty’s analyses complement and complete Kant’s project. Secondly, I propose that through Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological interrogations of the creative process the broader issue of the viability of his relational nondualist ontology is defended against accusations that it has not gone beyond dualism or that it has collapsed into a monism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:phenomenology, aesthetics, perception, Merleau-Ponty, Cézanne, impressionism, ontology, intertwining, Kant, expression
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Phenomenology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Daly, A (Dr Anya Daly)
ID Code:148474
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Philosophy and Gender Studies
Deposited On:2022-01-13
Last Modified:2022-03-11

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