Maurice Merleau-Ponty Quotes (11 quotes)

Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Phenomenology of Perception (1945), Introduction, page xi
Maurice Merleau-Ponty
The Visible and the Invisible, trans. A. Lingis (Evanston: 1968), p. 135

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty
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Born: March 14, 1908

Died: May 3, 1961 (aged 53)

Nationality: American

Bio: Maurice Merleau-Ponty was a French phenomenological philosopher, strongly influenced by Karl Marx, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger in addition to being closely associated with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. At the core of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is a sustained argument for the foundational role that perception plays in understanding the world as well as engaging with the world.

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In relation to God, we are like a thief who has burgled the house of a kindly householder and been allowed to keep some of the gold. From the point of view of the lawful owner this gold is a gift; Form the point of view of the burglar it is a theft. He must go and give it back. It is the same with our existence. We have stolen a little of God's being to make it ours. God has made us a gift of it. But we have stolen it. We must return it.

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