Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) was a philosophe 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.