Douglas Beck Low

Douglas Beck Low
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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