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This paper discusses the role played by Gestalt psychology in the philosophical work of Merleau-Ponty from his earliest work to his latest essay. I will stress the many different aspects of Gestalt that Merleau-Ponty took great pains to thematize in "The Phenomenology of Perception" and especially "The Structure of Behavior." Even though it gradually disappeared from his vocabulary as Merleau-Ponty became aware of the shortcomings in this psychology, I will argue that the notion of the Gestalt had an ongoing performative influence on his further discoveries as his explicit mention of that theory was displaced by the emergence of new terminology. That Gestalt theory figured seriously throughout the evolution of his philosophy as a unifying theme is most evident, perhaps, in his posthumously published notes
|Keywords:||Philosophy, Phenomenology, Aesthetics|
The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 11, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.29-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 448.221KB)).
Teaching Adjunct, Philosophy Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA