“Dillon was a force in Continental philosophy in the US for more than four decades.… This volume will keep his voice and thought alive for years to come.”
Galen Johnson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Rhode Island and General Secretary, International Merleau-Ponty Circle
M. C. Dillon (1938–2005) was widely regarded as a world-leading Merleau-Ponty scholar. His book Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology (1988) is recognized as a classic text that revolutionized the philosophical conversation about the great French phenomenologist. Dillon followed that book with two others: Semiological Reductionism, a critique of early-1990s linguistic reductionism, and Beyond Romance, a richly developed theory of love. At the time of his death, Dillon had nearly completed two further books to which he was passionately committed. The first one offers a highly original interpretation of Nietzsche’s ontology of becoming. The second offers a detailed ethical theory based on Merleau-Ponty’s account of carnal intersubjectivity. The Ontology of Becoming and the Ethics of Particularity collects these two manuscripts written by a distinguished philosopher at the peak of his powers—manuscripts that, taken together, offer a distinctive and powerful view of human life and ethical relations.
M. C. Dillon (1938–2005) was Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Binghamton University. He was the author of Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology, Semiological Reductionism: A Critique of the Deconstructionist Movement in Philosophy, and Beyond Romance. He served as the General Secretary of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle from 1985 to 2005.
Lawrence Hass is a professor of humanities at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he teaches philosophy and theater arts. He is the author of Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy and Transformations: Creating Magic Out of Tricks. He is coeditor of Rereading Merleau-Ponty: Essays Across the Continental-Analytic Divide and From the 18th Century to the Present: Performance Magic on the Western Stage.
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From the frozen landscapes of the Antarctic to the haunted houses of childhood, the memory of places we experience is fundamental to a sense of self. Drawing on influences as diverse as Merleau-Ponty, Freud, and J. G. Ballard, The Memory of Place charts the memorial landscape that is written into the body and its experience of the world.
In The Tenets of Cognitive Existentialism, Dimitri Ginev draws on developments in hermeneutic phenomenology and other programs in hermeneutic philosophy to inform an interpretative approach to scientific practices. At stake is the question of whether it is possible to integrate forms of reflection upon the ontological difference in the cognitive structure of scientific research. A positive answer would have implied a proof that (pace Heidegger) “science is able to think.”
Transversality is the keyword that permeates the spirit of these thirteen essays spanning almost half a century, from 1965 to 2009. The essays are exploratory and experimental in nature and are meant to be a transversal linkage between phenomenology and East Asian philosophy. Transversality is the concept that dispels all ethnocentrisms, including Eurocentrism.
World-renowned analytic philosophers John McDowell and Robert Brandom, dubbed “Pittsburgh Neo-Hegelians,” recently engaged in an intriguing debate about perception. In The Intentional Spectrum and Intersubjectivity Michael D. Barber is the first to bring phenomenology to bear not just on the perspectives of McDowell or Brandom alone, but on their intersection.