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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (30 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415343151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415343152
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'An excellent book. Written in an inviting, jargon-free style, it offers sophisticated argumentation and illuminating commentary on the central philosophical issues at stake in Phenomenology of Perception, without descending into technicalities of interest only to specialists.' – Taylor Carman, Barnard College, USA

'Komarine Romdenh-Romluc offers an extremely lucid account of Merleau-Ponty’s landmark work, Phenomenology of Perception. She reconstructs Merleau-Ponty’s arguments in an elegant and readily intelligible fashion, and deals clearly and coherently with many of the most difficult aspects his work.' – Mark Wrathall, University of California, Riverside, USA

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Komarine Romdenh-Romluc is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her current research is on Merleau-Ponty's early philosophy.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Gordon on 26 July 2011
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Maurice Merleau-Ponty's 'The Phenomenology of Perception,' is a staggering achievement and a classic of continental philosophy of this period. It presents a credible case for a third way between the doctrines of empricism and intellectualism that have dominated European thought regarding consciousness and its operations. It is, however, a notoriously challenging read owing the author's habit of lightly shading in an arguement through recourse to thought experiments and a vast range of faintly connected pieces of evidence, from Gestalt Psychology to the visual arts. The translation as well gives us the impression of an author given to frequent incredible feats of mental gymnastics, portentious concepts pour from the paragraphs to create a dull coloured soup in the poor reader's mind. I found myself worrying that I had missed out the important points and even at times becoming baffled over where the author stands. A lot of people criticise Being and Time for its difficulty but owing to the range of Merleau-Ponty's learning and his lack of inhibition in demonstrating this (why not fire at will in your magnum opus after all?) I found the meandering, multifarious assault of several key chapters of Phenomenology of Perception far more bewildering. This was, I'm certain, mostly on account of my meagre auto-didactic learning but help was at hand!

Komarine Romdenh-Romluc is now my hero for taking this sprawling work and organising it in an intelligble, readable fashion. She is rigorous at following through Merlea-Ponty's assertions to their consequence, her critical instincts are sharper than the accessible, folsky, examples that are peppered through the text suggest, nourishing our logical faculties along the way.
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I'm a busy IT professional with an interest in existential philosophy. I cannot sit down with a dictionary to constantly look-up academic words or be in a library to prime myself on what this author said vs. what that other one said... a style of writing many philosophy commentators employ.

But not this author. It was a pleasure every time I picked up the book during my lunch hour, after hours, and during my commute. I could easily pick-up where I left off. None of that run-on meandering philosophers like to do. The most I had to re-read a passage was twice, and mostly because I could not believe how well I understood what was written.

I laughed out loud when I read "[...] But the now should be distinguished from the present. The present is the content of the now [...]" (p. 245). I could not believe what I read. This agrees with my other interest, secular spirituality.

In short, a joy to read. A wonderful and very accessible writing style. A very pleasant nature came through of the author. Never had to re-read any passage more than twice.
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