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By George J. Marshall

ISBN-10: 0874627575

ISBN-13: 9780874627572

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"Published in 2008 by way of Marquette college Press, George Marshall's _A consultant to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception_ is a welcome boost the corpus of English language existentialist scholarship. Marshall is a long-time professor of continental philosophy on the college of Regina in Canada.

While widely known inside eu philosophy as a number one contributor to existentialism and phenomenology (arguably eclipsed in basic terms through Husserl and Heidegger), Merleau-Ponty has been mostly ignored by way of readers reared within the Anglo-American culture. released in 1945 the `Phenomenology of Perception' is Merleau-Ponty's most sensible identified work."

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But such a conception of metaphysics is doomed to the attacks of Hume. There is no way to save it. It is only by transforming our way of looking at human knowledge and reality that metaphysics can be saved. ). All one has to do is change the way that one looks at knowledge and reality and the result is that traditional metaphysics can be saved. All one needs to do is realize that instead of talking about noumenon, the 1 4 Introduction 45 metaphysician is actually talking about the a priori conditions of phenomena—just a small change and we can save everything; otherwise for Kant, metaphysics is lost.

What is inside the mind (the subjective) is all those things that we cannot have with clarity and distinctness: the non-mathematical, non-measurable, qualitative, immaterial, indeterminate, spiritual, and, most importantly, the soul. The problem as Descartes formulated it is how we establish a connection between the two realms when they seem to be defined as the negation of one another. For those who followed Descartes and for most of Modern Philosophy, this problem had to be resolved. If philosophy is going to do anything, it has to be able to explain how the “objective” can effect the “subjective,” because otherwise philosophy will never be able to explain human knowledge.

These are necessary a priori conditions or ideals as Kant calls them. Now Kant turns to his last question about what makes metaphysics as real knowledge possible. Traditionally, it was thought that metaphysics dealt with things-in-themselves, the noumenon. But such a conception of metaphysics is doomed to the attacks of Hume. There is no way to save it. It is only by transforming our way of looking at human knowledge and reality that metaphysics can be saved. ). All one has to do is change the way that one looks at knowledge and reality and the result is that traditional metaphysics can be saved.

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