Merleau Ponty S Essays On Aesthetics Are Some Of The Major Accomplishments Of His Philosophical Career, And Rank Even Today Among The Most Sophisticated Reflections On Art In All Of Twentieth Century Philosophy His Essays On Painting, Cezanne S Doubt 1945 , Indirect Language And The Voices Of Silence 1952 , And Eye And Mind 1960 , Have Inspired New Approaches To Epistemology, Ontology, And The Philosophy Of History Galen A Johnson Has Gathered These Essays For The First Time Into A Single Volume And Augmented Them With Essays By Distinguished Scholars And Artists, Including M.C Dillon, Mikel Dufrenne, And Ren Magritte Together The Essays Demonstrate The Continuing Significance Of Merleau Ponty S Ideas About Art For Contemporary Philosophy On Both Sides Of The Atlantic. 241017 this is a great if familiar selection of three important essays by merleau ponty i have read these essays before, i have not read the critiques on these essays 1 cezanne s doubt , 2 indirect language and the voices of silence , 3 eye and mind first come individual introductory essays, the essays, the critiques by other writers1 is an essay i have now read a few times 4 and was this time inspired to get some art texts to look at some of cezanne s work again, as i had previously gone by memory, but reading this essay made me look at how he developed from impressionist techniques to the beginnings of modern art this is much on cezanne s art, biography, some reference to leonardo da vinci, some argument that his work is not reduced to psychology, shows how much thought, work, aspirations, defined his project2 another essay read 4 expands his reference of artists from Van Gogh, Matisse, Klee, etc., and contrasts m p with for example Sartre, arguments for how work is written in response to sartr
Merleau Ponty s argument is well constructed and so so in clarity His aesthetic philosophy is a painters wet dream, I generally don t tend to agree with As he does a disservice to any form of creativity other than painting as Lyotard points out But it is fantastic, and shows what a great writer Merleau Ponty is when his essays outshine the others around him, not just in content but with using language that avoids esotericism and posturing whenever possible.This is the first Ponty book I have read and coming from a limited knowledge of Heidegger and Nietzsche, I found Ponty somewhere inbetween and I will be diving into Phenomenology of Perception at some point but not just yet I ve still yet to come across a clear argument for the dissolution of the Cartesian dualism, some hints came from this but unfortunately I am
importantlong overdue for a revisit. Merleau Ponty is a lucid and brilliant writer The three essays of his in this text are astounding. Good resource, primary texts and secondary essays analysis.
- 422 pages
- The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader: Philosophy and Painting (SPEP)
- Galen A. Johnson
- 17 May 2017 Galen A. Johnson