Merleau-Ponty, Maurice

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice

biographical name

(born March 14, 1908, Rochefort, France—died May 4, 1961, Paris) French philosopher. With Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir he founded the journal Les Temps Modernes in 1945. From 1949 he taught at the Sorbonne. He was the leading exponent of phenomenology in France. Though greatly influenced by Edmund Husserl, he rejected Husserl's theory of our knowledge of other persons, grounding his own view instead in bodily behaviour and perception. He defended Soviet communism until the Korean War, when he became disillusioned.

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