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Andén, Lovisa
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Andén, L. (2018). Language and Tradition in Merleau-Ponty’s Reading of Husserl and Saussure. Studia Phænomenologica, XVIII, 183-205
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Language and Tradition in Merleau-Ponty’s Reading of Husserl and Saussure
2018 (English)In: Studia Phænomenologica, ISSN 1582-5647, E-ISSN 2069-0061, Vol. XVIII, p. 183-205Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper I examine how Merleau-Ponty develops Husserl’s genetic phenomenology through an elaboration of language, largely influenced by Saussure’s linguistics. Specifically, my focus will be on the unpublished notes to the course Sur le problème de la parole (On the Problem of Speech). I show how Merleau-Ponty recasts Husserl’s notion of the historicity of truth by means of an inquiry into the relation between truth and its linguistic expression. The account that Merleau-Ponty offers differs from Husserl’s in two important respects. Firstly, whereas Husserl describes a regressive inquiry of truth, Merleau-Ponty describes a regressive movement of truth, where every acquired truth seizes the tradition that precedes it. Secondly, this new notion of truth, and its dependency on its proper expression, opens up for a new understanding of literature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2018
Keywords
Genetic Phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl, Saussure, Language
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37286 (URN)10.5840/studphaen2018189 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-01-16 Created: 2019-01-16 Last updated: 2019-01-21Bibliographically approved
Andén, L. (2018). Literature and the Expressions of Being in Merleau-Ponty’s Unpublished Course Notes. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Literature and the Expressions of Being in Merleau-Ponty’s Unpublished Course Notes
2018 (English)In: Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, ISSN 0007-1773, E-ISSN 2332-0486Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this article I examine Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of the relation between literature, being and perception. I focus especially on two of Merleau-Ponty’s courses at Collège de France: the first course, Le monde sensible et le monde de l’expression, and the unpublished course Sur le problème de la parole. In the former Merleau-Ponty presents a new understanding of perception, according to which being is expressed in perception through the style of movement of the perceived phenomenon. In the latter he advances a notion of literary writing as an expression of the being that is itself expressed to us in perception. Through a reading of Proust’s work, he discusses how the literary writer makes his experience expressive by means of a stylization of what is experienced. Hence, literature expresses perception through an enhancement of the expressiveness that it already contains. This capacity of literature will be the main focus of my investigation. 

Keywords
aesthetics, language, literature, Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology, Proust
National Category
Philosophy General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37327 (URN)10.1080/00071773.2018.1558939 (DOI)2-s2.0-85059577994 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-01-18 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-18Bibliographically approved
Andén, L. (2018). Litteratur och erfarenhet i Merleau-Pontys filosofi. Salongen – nettidsskrift for filosofi og idéhistorie (5 maj)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Litteratur och erfarenhet i Merleau-Pontys filosofi
2018 (Swedish)In: Salongen – nettidsskrift for filosofi og idéhistorie, no 5 majArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: , 2018
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37296 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-16 Created: 2019-01-16 Last updated: 2019-01-17Bibliographically approved
Andén, L. (2017). Litteratur och erfarenhet i Merleau-Pontys läsning av Proust, Valéry och Stendhal. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Uppsala University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Litteratur och erfarenhet i Merleau-Pontys läsning av Proust, Valéry och Stendhal
2017 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Literature and experience in Merleau-Ponty's reading of Proust, Valéry and Stendhal
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to explore the relation between literary expression and experience in Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy. The principal focus is Merleau-Ponty’s investigations into literature, in two of his first courses at Collège de France, 1953- 1954: Sur le problème de la parole (On the Problem of Speech) and Recherches sur l’usage littéraire du langage (Research on the Literary Use of Language). While the former remains unpublished, the latter was finally published in 2013. At the time of his premature death, Merleau-Ponty left thousands of pages of working notes. They were supposed to contribute to a major philosophical work, the planned title of which was Être et monde (Being and world). Merleau-Ponty had planned to undertake an extensive examination of language in the last part of the work. However, in the absence of this text, the courses on literary language afford us the possibility of sketching the direction that this research might have taken.

The examination of literary language use is, for Merleau-Ponty, made possible by an understanding of language found in Ferdinand de Saussure’s linguistics. Merleau-Ponty’s interpretation of Saussurean linguistics anticipates the structuralist reading that was later to dominate the intellectual scene. Instead of reading the linguistics of Saussure in opposition to phenomenology, he finds in the former an ally that allows him to think Husserlian phenomenology further.

In the course notes, Merleau-Ponty explores the relation between sensible experience and linguistic expressions through close readings of Proust, Valéry and Stendhal. In the writing of Marcel Proust, he finds a writer that perpetually examines his experience, searching for expressions that are capable of bringing it forth. In Stendhal’s writing, Merleau-Ponty finds a literary method that makes the world appear through the “small true facts” that describe it. Finally, in Paul Valéry’s poetic writing he finds a writer superimposing words over other words, in order to create new significations. In their literary writing he finds a capacity to seize the world anew, beyond our habitual preconceptions of it, thus bringing us closer to the experience we already perceive.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala University, 2017. p. 201
Series
Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 143
Keywords
Merleau-Ponty, philosophy, phenomenology, literature, Proust, Valéry, Stendhal, Husserl, Saussure, Sartre, Descartes, philosophy and literature, phenomenology and literature, Merleau-Ponty, filosofi, fenomenologi, litteratur, Proust, Valéry, Stendhal, Husserl, Saussure, Sartre, Descartes, fenomenologi och litteratur, filosofi och litteratur
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33395 (URN)978-91-506-2649-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-10-06, Sal MA624, Alfred Nobels allé 7, Huddinge, 13:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2017-09-13 Created: 2017-09-15 Last updated: 2017-09-15Bibliographically approved
Håkansson, L. (2015). Litteraturen som nyckeln till frihet. Svenska Dagbladet (3 januari), pp. 34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Litteraturen som nyckeln till frihet
2015 (Swedish)In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 3 januari, p. 34-Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26703 (URN)
Available from: 2015-03-19 Created: 2015-03-19 Last updated: 2015-03-19Bibliographically approved
Håkansson, L. (2014). Människans revolt och historiens revolutioner. Dixikon (2 februari)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Människans revolt och historiens revolutioner
2014 (Swedish)In: Dixikon, E-ISSN 2001-1768, no 2 februariArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: , 2014
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37298 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-16 Created: 2019-01-16 Last updated: 2019-01-17Bibliographically approved
Håkansson, L. (2013). Le Monde Sensible Et Le Monde De L'Expression, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, eds. Emmanuel de Saint Aubert and Stefan Kristensen [Review]. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 44(1), 105-109
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Le Monde Sensible Et Le Monde De L'Expression, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, eds. Emmanuel de Saint Aubert and Stefan Kristensen
2013 (English)In: Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, ISSN 0007-1773, E-ISSN 2332-0486, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 105-109Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37295 (URN)10.1080/00071773.2013.11006790 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-01-16 Created: 2019-01-16 Last updated: 2019-01-17Bibliographically approved
Håkansson, L. (2012). Review of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Le monde sensible et le monde de l'expression [Review]. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 43(3), 341-346
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Le monde sensible et le monde de l'expression
2012 (English)In: Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, ISSN 0007-1773, E-ISSN 2332-0486, Vol. 43, no 3, p. 341-346Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Keywords
Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology
National Category
Philosophy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37333 (URN)10.1080/00071773.2012.11006782 (DOI)000209129400010 ()
Available from: 2017-03-31 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-18Bibliographically approved
Håkansson, L. (2011). En oavslutad filosofi: Merleau-Ponty efter 50 år. Dixikon (oktober)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En oavslutad filosofi: Merleau-Ponty efter 50 år
2011 (Swedish)In: Dixikon, E-ISSN 2001-1768, no oktoberArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: , 2011
National Category
Philosophy
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37299 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-16 Created: 2019-01-16 Last updated: 2019-01-17Bibliographically approved
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