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Perceptual faith and reflection in Merleau-Ponty


Perceptual faith and reflection in Merleau-Ponty

Beer, Jeff (2008) Perceptual faith and reflection in Merleau-Ponty. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The following thesis is first of all an attempt to explore the relationship between what Merleau-Ponty calls the "perceptual faith"--generally understood as a prereflective faith in the perceived world as real and in common--and reflection or 'intellectual consciousness'. The suggestion will be that the objectivism operative in everyday perception acts as an irresistible model for the presumption of a purely reflective activity. Insofar as there is an argument it is located in the section on perceptual faith. There an effort is made to show that while it is a perceiving, situated subject that has faith in the perceived as real, that is, in others as co-inhabitants of a common world, this faith, what Merleau-Ponty sometimes calls a "natal pact," because it is anonymous, because the subject is inserted or "buried in the world," should be understood as testifying to and being 'honored' by or made possible vis-a-vis the surrounding world, which we have called a "world of institutions" or "work of faith."

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Beer, Jeff
Pagination:vi, 65 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Thesis Supervisor(s):O'Connor, Dennis
Identification Number:LE 3 C66P45M 2008 B44
ID Code:976149
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:20
Last Modified:13 Jul 2020 20:09
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