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The Bourdieu ParadigmThe Origins and Evolution of an Intellectual Social Project$
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Derek Robbins

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099397

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526127709

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 1908–61

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 1908–61

(p.89) 4 Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 1908–61
The Bourdieu Paradigm

Derek Robbins

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the career and work of Merleau-Ponty. During the 1930s he worked with Gurwitsch and was also responsible for publicizing some of the late work of Husserl which, during the war, was held in archives in Louvain. He was involved, with Sartre, in attempting to conceptualize post-war social construction. He tried to integrate his phenomenological thinking with political engagement in a way which had not been done by either Schutz or Gurwitsch but, finally, commitment to philosophy prevailed. Consideration of the work of Merleau-Ponty provides a link between the a-political orientation of the productions in America of Schutz and Gurwitsch, and Bourdieu’s transposition of Merleau-Ponty’s thinking from the field of philosophy to that of sociology.

Keywords:   Goldstein, Sartre, perception, consciousness, inter-subjectivity, Marxism, Humanism, Occupied France, existentialism, life-world

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