Merleau-Ponty

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

Course Level: 
Master’s
Doctoral
Campus: 
Budapest
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
2019-2020
Term: 
Winter
US Credits: 
4
ECTS Credits: 
8
Course Description: 

Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) was a philosopher in the tradition of phenomenology. Influenced most notably by Husserl and Heidegger, he developed a highly original version of phenomenology. Unlike his predecessors he was engaged directly with empirical research. His phenomenology anticipates later philosophical concerns in its attention to human embodiedness. We will spend most of the course reading his Phenomenology of Perception (1945) I would also like to leave time for discussion of some of his essays, in particular, on aesthetics which was for him central to grasping our perception of and engagement with the world more generally.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, participants should be able to explain and assess Merleau-Ponty’s contributions to questions on mind, knowledge and aesthetics as well as Merleau-Ponty’s convergence with or divergence from other philosophical traditions

Assessment: 

Regular attendance, preparation, and participation in discussion for all. Nothing further for auditors. For grade-taking students: 1) Two short (ca. 300 words) ungraded but required response papers 2) One 4,000-word term paper. 80% of grade based on term paper, 20% on class participation. An A grade requires a clear, focused and somewhat original paper. Response papers are due in mid semester.

Prerequisites: 

None