By Peter Antich
“Antich’s book demonstrates the difference made to epistemological debates and perplexities when we understand perception as motivating knowledge. It does this with great lucidity and insight, enriched by examples drawn from empirical studies, literature and art—all of which make for a compelling read. Because of its clarity and its commendable development of Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of perceptual motivation, it will be very useful not only to scholars but also to graduate students and senior undergraduates in philosophy.”
Kym Maclaren, co-editor of Time, Memory, Institution
Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological notion of motivation advances a compelling alternative to the empiricist and rationalist assumptions that underpin modern epistemology.
Arguing that knowledge is ultimately founded in perceptual experience, Peter Antich interprets and defends Merleau-Ponty’s thinking on motivation as the key to establishing a new form of epistemic grounding. Upending the classical dichotomy between reason and natural causality, justification and explanation, Antich shows how this epistemic ground enables Merleau-Ponty to offer a radically new account of knowledge and its relation to perception. In so doing, Antich demonstrates how and why Merleau-Ponty remains a vital resource for today’s epistemologists.
Peter Antich is visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. His publications include “Merleau-Ponty on Hallucination and Perceptual Faith,” in Études Phénoménologiques – Phenomenological Studies, “Perceptual Experience in Kant and Merleau-Ponty,” in the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, and “Merleau-Ponty’s Theory of Concept Formation,” in the History of Philosophy Quarterly. More info →
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