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Sense and Subjectivity

A Study of Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty



The aim of this study is to show how the philosophies of Merleau-Ponty and the later Wittgenstein serve to establish, in very similar ways, (1) that subjects (persons) and what is subject-dependent, or in short, 'subjectivity', must be categorically distinguished from objects and what is subject-independent, or in short 'objectivity' and (2) that the 'sense' of the world as perceived, including linguistic sense, is a matter of the appearance of things and is therefore perception-dependent, and as such is in the category of subjectivity, not objectivity.
The first claim is established not only by a study of the content of the arguments of the two philosophers, but also by a study of the form of their arguments: the kind of fallacy detection they deploy against their opponents exploits a logic dictated by the subject matter.
In the course of examining a wide range of issues in meta- physics, epistemology, and the philosophies of mind, language, and mathematics, the 'Gestalt Philosophy' of Wittgenstein and Merleau-Ponty can be seen to constitute a new sort of 'anti-realism'.

Ericka Tucker

paper I will work out this intersection between phenomenology and hermeneutics; I will show where they converge in their attempt to include the subjective and the subject in history, and their consequent calls for a new method and understanding of historical inquiry. First, I will plot the development

Celi Hirata

between Hobbes and Leibniz, but to analyze their conceptions of subject and substance from the perspective of the rise of subjectivity in modernity. It has become commonplace, in part due to Heidegger’s interpretations, to view in modernity, especially in Descartes, the advent of the metaphysics of

Jonathan Owen Clark

Introduction: Ankersmit on Historical Experience In his later work, 1 Frank Ankersmit defends a notion of “subjective historical experience” which is closely allied to theories, in part derived from pragmatist philosophy, of aesthetic experience. 2 Let us therefore give a preliminary

Oehme Annegret

couple, two individuals rather than a grand dynastic legacy, but more significantly, these minor revisions reveal an increased attention to processes of individualization and to the individual’s particular subjectivity and affective states. The Yiddish adaptation may be read as the enactment of a shift

Jari Kaukua and Vili Lähteenmäki

contrast to modern intuitions. 4 Finally, once we pause to consider the distance between the two levels of subjectivity, those of bare self-awareness and the construed self, we are bound to address the question of the conceptual and phenomenal space between them: perhaps there are further levels of

H.K. Betz

H. K. BETZ (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) IDEOLOGY AND ECONOM Y IN THE GDR: THE ROLE OF THE SUBJECTIVE FACTOR Socialist Unity PartyJ is the leading force in the construction of our advanced socialist society. The further enhancement of its lcading role in all . spheres ut? social life is essential