Douglas Beck Low

Douglas Beck Low
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This is an unpublished essay composed of some sections of other published and unpublished essays, from the published essay “Merleau-Ponty's Corpus: A Philosophy and Politics for the 21st Century” in Journal of Philosophical Research 34 (2009): 391-436, and from the unpublished essays “A Merleau-Pontian response to Steven Pinker: Reason and Data,” M...
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This is an unpublished essay that borrows heavily from several of my previously published and web-posted essays, although with some significant rewriting and a thorough renewal of census data. The essay challenges Steven Pinker's two primary TED Talk claims: that the use of Enlightenment reason will solve our problems, and that the data shows that...
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This is an unpublished essay. Most of what appears here is new with the exception of several paragraphs dealing with Heidegger’s metaphysics. The essay is primarily an exposition of a few of Merleau-Ponty’s late lectures (still only available in French) on Husserl and Heidegger and addresses the possibility of a new way of doing metaphysics, one bu...
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This is an unpublished essay that considers Merleau-Ponty's philosophical reflections regarding theology and God. The essay makes an effort to carefully consider and present what the author actually says about these topics and to interpret what he does say as clearly as possible. The essay will also confront and challenge other interpretations, spe...
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This is a short unpublished essays that provides a brief exposition of Merleau-Ponty's attempt to arrive at a more adequate understanding of the relationship between the mind and the body. I will attempt this exposition by following a number of his major works chronologically, with one exception. I will begin with a radio interview that Merleau-Pon...
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This is an unpublished essay composed primarily of materials excerpted from two previously published manuscripts. What appears here represents a relatively small portion of the originals, and has in some cases been re-written and re-organized. The reason for this new form is an attempt to reach a wider audience with Merleau-Ponty’s insightful philo...
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Merleau-Ponty’s late lecture course on Heidegger is primarily concerned with probing the possibility of a phenomenological ontology. Merleau-Ponty’s lectures provide a rather straightforward presentation of Heidegger’s later thought, without elaborate commentary or criticism. However, Merleau-Ponty does favor Heidegger’s later move toward an indire...
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This is an unpublished essay composed of two of my previously published journal articles, “Merleau-Ponty’s Criticism of Phenomenology of Perception” and “Merleau-Ponty and a Reconsideration of Alienation.” The original articles have been significantly edited for their appearance here, with many original paragraphs left out yet many included with li...
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This is a unpublished revised version of my published essay "Merleau-Ponty's Enchanted Nature." An attempt has been made to shorten the original version and to clarify its main points and arguments. This was done with the hope that the revised version will reach a wider audience.
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This is an unpublished article released online. It is largely composed of a number of my previously published essays---which are cited in the article. The article deals with Merleau-Ponty's understanding of the relationship between the philosophy of phenomenology and science.
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This unpublished manuscript, which is primarily a detailed exposition, is in the form of a short book, with six chapters. Chapter 1. Merleau-Ponty and the Mind/Body Problem, Chapter 2. Merleau-Ponty on the Perception Language Relationship, Chapter 3. Merleau-Ponty's Relationship to Husserl's Philosophy, Chapter 4. Merleau-Ponty's Criticism of He...
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This is an unpublished essay released online. It provides an exposition of Merleau-Ponty's approach to truth and reality.
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It is frequently remarked that Merleau-Ponty did not write about race, gender, or anti-Semitism. Overall, this is true, but the relatively recent re-publication of his Sorbonne lectures, along with some new materials, shows that his lectures did address the issues of racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism. In addition, Emily Lee’s framing of Merleau-Pon...
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In this essay I will attempt to provide a detailed exposition of and a comprehensive introduction to Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of language. Following a number of other authors, I will cast my exposition of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of language around the convincing arguments that there is no break in Merleau-Ponty's thought, that the most fruitfu...
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This essay provides an exposition of Merleau-Ponty's relationship to Husserl's philosophy.
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Among the last pages that Merleau-Ponty composed in The Visible and the Invisible, 1 just before his untimely death, we find the author stating that it is too soon (in his manuscript) to attempt to clarify the relationship between perceptual meaning and the abstract ideas expressed in language. He does however provide a brief indication of the dire...
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This essay reviews Merleau-Ponty's criticism of Sartre's philosophy.
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This volume presents the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, a great philosopher and social theorist of mid-twentieth century, as a viable alternative to both modernism and postmodernism. Douglas Low argues that Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy offers explanations and solves problems that other philosophies grapple with, but do not resolve, given their respec...
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French phenomenological philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty argued for the primary role perception plays in understanding the world as well as engaging with it. As a contributor to phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty faced his fair share of criticisms. In this new book, Douglas Low comes to the defence of both Merleau-Ponty and phenomenology. In Defence of...
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“Merleau-Ponty on Causality” attempts to reveal Merleau-Ponty’s treatment of causality with respect to the physical, the vital, and the human. The philosophy of causality of both Hume and Mill will be briefly addressed and challenged. Special attention will be paid to Merleau-Ponty’s treatment of causality with respect to human behavior.
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"Further Considerations of Alienation" attempts to expand upon an earlier essay entitled "Merleau-Ponty and a Reconsideration of Alienation." From the point of view of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy, this new essay considers modernist rationality and the postmodernist free play of language as forms of alienation. The essay attempts to show that Merleau...
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The author brings the work of Merleau-Ponty into critical contact with important thinkers, including Sartre, Heidegger, Derrida, and Marx. He highlights Merleau-Ponty’s connection to the early Hegel, especially with regard to the criticism of modernism’s "representational consciousness" and its subsequent skepticism with regard to our being in the...
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Ralph Perry argues that value emerges with life, i.e., with sentients and the desire to survive, and that morality, properly speaking, emerges when sentient life forms recognize each other in a common environment. David Hume reminds us that traditionally there have been two primary sources for ethical claims, basically pleasure and reason, and proc...
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It could certainly be argued that the West has disenchanted the human relationship to nature and that this has brought with it a cornucopia of positive results. The positive results of Western science, technology, and industry in the last two centuries have certainly been are marvel to observe. Yet these gains have not been without a cost. The trea...
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This essay attempts to provide detailed evidence for Charles Taylor's claim that both Hegel and Merleau-Ponty follow Kant's refutation of idealism in an effort to take a stand against Modernism's claim that human knowledge of the world is reducible to a conceptual representation of it. For both the Hegel of Phenomenology of Mind and Merleau-Ponty t...
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A criticism of Derrida''s postmodernism is offered here that is based on the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty.
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This essay attempts to counter the claim that there is a significant shift or even a break in the body of Merleau-Ponty's work, one that dramatically moves from a focus on perception to a focus on language. This break proves to be untenable for the following reasons: (1) The early studies of perception do not disregard the importance of language. (...
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Jean-Paul Sartre develops perhaps the most radical view of individual freedom in the entire history of Western philosophy. The subject is free to create all meaning and to interpret the world, society, and self in anyway he or she wishes. The structuralist and postmodernist philosophies that succeeded Sartre's philosophy in France and elsewhere rej...
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This article offers a criticism of Derrida's postmodernism from the point of view of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy.
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With the advent of new technology and imaging techniques that measure brain activity and with the development of the computer as a model for human thinking, it is not surprising to find many authors currently addressing issues regarding brain function and the mind/body problem. What is perhaps surprising, given the absence of these techniques at th...
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This is an unpublished article applying some of Merleau-Ponty's political ideas to the contemporary landscape.
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Re-reading Thomas Kuhn’s important 1962 work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, one is struck with how his “postmodern” view of scientific change as mere paradigm shift was dependent upon his conception of a rather narrow modernist view, one that claims that there is only one rational world. It is the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty that offer...
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Few writers' unfinished works are considered among their most important, but such is the case with Merleau-Ponty's The Visible and the Invisible. What exists of it is a mere beginning, yet it bridged modernism and postmodernism in philosophy. Low uses material from some of Merleau-Ponty's later works as the basis for completion. Working from this m...
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In this paper, I will show not only that Merleau-Ponty takes up a multiculturalist approach, but that he also provides a philosophical foundation for multiculturalism. I will also attempt to show that he provides this foundation without falling into the skepticism of the relativist's position or the absolutism of the traditionalist. Merleau-Ponty d...
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The traditional approach to ethical theory often attempted to base itself on a theory (or science)1 of human nature, established variously by rational discourse (Plato), divine revelation (Augustine), or empirical observations (Hobbes).2 Once a human nature has been carefully uncovered and articulated, an ethics, a theory articulating the best and...
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In this paper I will provide a brief summary of Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy as it is relevant to the concept of reason. Merleau-Ponty’s position comes between the two now dominant views of reason: the traditional view that relies on principles of rationality (identity and noncontradiction) that are supposedly preexistent, either in a realm of ideas...
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The primary concem of this essay is the similarity and difference between Merleau-Ponty’s early (Phenomenology of Perception) and late (The Visible and the lnvisible) philosophy of language. While some argue that Merleau-Ponty’s late work breaks with the earlier text and foreshadows poststructuralist and deconstructionist philosophy of language, I...
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Final publication is available at International Studies in Philosophy 24, no.3 (1992): 45-64, https://www.pdcnet.org/intstudphil/International-Studies-in-Philosophy I. Thirty years after Merleau-Ponty's death, his work remains of vital importance to us today. For he develops one of the most truly dialectical and enlightening ways of conceiving the...
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For Merleau-Ponty the individual and the intersubjective are mutually defining, with the subject influencing the other and social relations just as they impact upon the subject. One of the important consequences of such a dialectical position is that it provides an alternative to both the overly subjective and narrowly objective methodologies found...
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Typescript. Thesis (Ph. D.)--American University, 1985. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 256-260). Microfilm. s Published as a book by Peter Lang Publishers.
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Our work represents the culmination of a study that is a search for a method. It is a search that has led us away from the remnants of Cartesianism that are found in Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason, which we do not deal with here, and toward a comparative study of Karl Marx and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, which we do take up in detail. The prese...
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Our work represents the culmination of a study that is a search for a method. It is a search that has led us away from the remnants of Cartesianism that are found in Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason, which we do not deal with here, and toward a comparative study of Karl Marx and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, which we do take up in detail. The prese...
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Project (M.A.)--State University of New York at Buffalo, 1974. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 66) Photocopy of typescript.

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