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Reversibility and Ereignis: Being as Kantian Imagination in Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger

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Reversibility and Ereignis: Being as Kantian Imagination in Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger

Morris, David (2008) Reversibility and Ereignis: Being as Kantian Imagination in Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger. Philosophy Today, 52 . pp. 135-143.

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This paper aims to clarify Merleau-Ponty’s difficult concept of “reversibility” by interpreting it as resuming the dialectical critique of the rationalist and empiricist tradition that informs Merleau-Ponty’s earlier work. The focus is on reversibility in “Eye and Mind,” as dismantling the traditional dualism of activity and passivity. This clarification also puts reversibility in continuity with the Phenomenology’s appropriation of Kant, letting us note an affiliation between Merleau-Ponty’s reversibility and Heidegger’s Ereignis: in each case being itself already performs the operation that Kant had located in the imagination. Reversibility discovers this Kantian imagination moving in place, Ereignis discovers it in temporality.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Article
Refereed:No
Authors:Morris, David
Journal or Publication:Philosophy Today
Date:2008
ID Code:980256
Deposited By: DAVID MORRIS
Deposited On:17 Aug 2015 15:14
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:51
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