Nature Course Notes from the College de France

ISBN-10: 0810114461

ISBN-13: 9780810114463

Edition: 2003

Authors: Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Robert Vallier, Dominique Seglard, Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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Collected here are the written traces of courses on the concepts of nature given by Maurice Merieau-Ponty at the College de France in the 1950s--notes that provide a window on the thinking of one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. In two courses distilled by a student and in a third composed of Merieau-Ponty's own notes, the ideas that animated the philosopher's lectures and that informed his later publications emerge in an early, fluid form in the process of being eleborated, negotiated, critiqued, and reconsidered.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 313
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Translator's Acknowledgments
Translator's Introduction
First Course The Concept of Nature, 1956-1957
Study of the Variations of the Concept of Nature
The "Finalist" Element in Aristotle and the Stoics
Nature as the Idea of an Entirely Exterior Being, Made of Exterior Parts, Exterior to Man, and to Itself, as a Pure Object
Origin of This Conception
The First Idea of Nature in Descartes
The Second Cartesian Inspiration
The Humanist Conception of Nature
The Ideas of Kant
The Double Meaning of the Copernican Revolution
The Critique of Judgment
The Ideas of Brunschvicg
The Notion of Space
The Notion of Time
The Concept of Causality
The Romantic Conception of Nature
The Ideas of Schelling
The Notion of the Principle of the World
The Object of Schelling's Philosophy: The Subjective-Objective
The Method of Philosophy: The Intuition of Intuition
Art and Philosophy
The Schellingian Circle
The Value of the Contribution: Schelling and Hegel
The Ideas of Bergson
Schelling and Bergson
Nature as the Aseity of the Thing
Nature as Life
The Ontological Infrastructure of the Concept of Nature in Bergson: The Ideas of Being and Nothingness
Note on Bergson and Sartre
The Ideas of Husserl
The Role of the Body in the Position of Things
The Role of the Other
Originary Objects: The Experience of the Earth
Modern Science and Nature
Introduction: Science and Philosophy
Problems Posed by the Philosophical History of the Idea of Nature
Science and Philosophy
Classical and Modern Physics
Laplace's Conception
Quantum Mechanics
The Philosophical Significance of Quantum Mechanics
Notions of Space and Time
The Notion of Space
The Notion of Time
The Idea of Nature in Whitehead
Second Course The Concept of Nature, 1957-1958: Animality, the Human Body, and the Passage to Culture
General Introduction: Notes on the Cartesian Conceptions of Nature and Their Relations to Judeo-Christian Ontology
The Ontology of the Object
The Ontology of the Existent Being
Relations between These Two Modes of Thought
How the Oscillation of Cartesian Thought Is Related to the Postulates of Judeo-Christian Thought
The Concept of Naturalism
Animality: The Tendencies of Modern Biology
The Notion of Behavior
The Perception of the Circle
The Perception of Movement
The Becoming of a Painting
The Perception of Causality in a Living Being
The Notions of Information and Communication
Models of Living Being
The Problem of Language
Animality: The Study of Animal Behavior
The Descriptions of J. von Uexkull
The Umwelt of Lower Animals: The Animal-Machines
Organized Lower Animals
The Umwelt of Higher Animals
Philosophical Interpretation of the Notion of Umwelt
The "Oriented Character" of Organic Activities according to E. S. Russell
The Behavior of the Organism as Physiology in Exterior Circuit
The Phenomena of Mimicry (Hardouin): Living Beings and Magic
Portmann's Study of Animal Appearance (Die Tiergestalt)
Lorenz's Study of Instinct: The Passage from Instinct to Symbolism
Third Course The Concept of Nature, 1959-1960: Nature and Logos: The Human Body
Introduction: Resumption of the Studies on Nature
Place of These Studies in Philosophy: Philosophy and Knowledge of Nature
Place of the Human Body in Our Study of Nature
First Sketch
Second Sketch
The Animal Body
The Libidinal Body and Intercorporeity
The Body and Symbolism
Third Sketch: The Human Body
The Body as Animal of Perceptions
The Libidinal Body and Intercorporeity
The Body and Symbolism
Fourth Sketch: Two Preliminary Studies
Ontogenesis: Driesch's Analysis
Fifth Sketch
The Renaissance and Metamorphosis of Darwinism
Sixth Sketch
Descriptions of Morphology
Philosophy: Dacque's Kantian Position
Statistical Evolution
Discussion and Conclusion
Seventh Sketch: Man and Evolution: The Human Body
Eighth Sketch: The Human Body
The Libidinal Body
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