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Title: Husserl's Formal and Transcendental Logic as Key for a Reading of Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception
Author(s): ROTUNDO, Alessio
Journal: Etudes phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies
Volume: 4    Date: 2020   
Pages: 253-278
DOI: 10.2143/EPH.4.0.3286919

Abstract :
In this paper, I show that the shift from a phenomenology of act-intentionality to a phenomenology of 'non-act' or 'operative' intentionality in the Phenomenology of Perception should be read in the light of Husserl’s programmatic critique of experience from Formal and Transcendental Logic. The paper shows in particular that in the Phenomenology of Perception Merleau-Ponty makes explicit Husserl’s recasting of the notion of intentionality as entailing a programmatic shift from a philosophy of reflection to a philosophy of temporalizing constitution. The paper concludes with a demonstration of this claim by following Merleau-Ponty’s meditation on the notion of 'spatial level' as a form of experience in a sense that is representative of his reformulation of the modern notion of the 'transcendental' in philosophy.

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