Journal article

Merleau-Ponty and the significance of style

Andrew Inkpin

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

A distinctive feature of Merleau-Ponty's thought is the central role he assigns style in generally characterizing embodied agents' perceptual and cognitive functioning. Despite this, he says little to explain how he conceives style itself. This article therefore aims to clarify Merleau-Ponty's notion of style and its significance within and beyond his work. It begins by surveying his broad application of the term and using his discussions of painting to reconstruct his conception of style, identifying two major roles Merleau-Ponty attributes it in unifying intentional structures and founding conceptual meaning. His view is related to several competing philosophical conceptions of style to hi..

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