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Merleau-Ponty on Language and Communication (1947-1948)

Merleau-Ponty on Language and Communication (1947-1948) Merleau-Ponty on Language and Communication (1947-1948) HUGH J. SILVERMAN State University of New York at Stony Brook In 1947-1948, Maurice Merleau-Ponty taught a course at the Univer- sit6 de Lyon entitled "Language and Communication." The course was concerned with three basic issues: (a) the critique of scientism-par- ticularly in psychology, linguistics, sociology, and history, (b) the rela- tionship between language and thought, and (c) the role of the speaking subject in communication. Although the content of this course has not been published, student lecture notes are available.' In this essay, I review the material covered in "Language and Communication" and compare it with issues raised in Consciousness and the Acquisition of Language (the published lectures for the 1949-1950 Universite de Paris lectures). The juxtaposition of these two courses, which took place at a time when Merleau-Ponty was developing and expanding his interroga- tion of language, serves as a framework for the relationship with subse- quent formulations in phenomenological and structuralist theories of language. (a) In Merleau-Ponty's critique of scientism, he tried to elucidate the differences between philosophy, psychology, and science; but he did not study them as three separate realms. His aim was not to widen the rift http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Merleau-Ponty on Language and Communication (1947-1948)

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 9 (1): 168 – Jan 1, 1979

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© 1979 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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Merleau-Ponty on Language and Communication (1947-1948) HUGH J. SILVERMAN State University of New York at Stony Brook In 1947-1948, Maurice Merleau-Ponty taught a course at the Univer- sit6 de Lyon entitled "Language and Communication." The course was concerned with three basic issues: (a) the critique of scientism-par- ticularly in psychology, linguistics, sociology, and history, (b) the rela- tionship between language and thought, and (c) the role of the speaking subject in communication. Although the content of this course has not been published, student lecture notes are available.' In this essay, I review the material covered in "Language and Communication" and compare it with issues raised in Consciousness and the Acquisition of Language (the published lectures for the 1949-1950 Universite de Paris lectures). The juxtaposition of these two courses, which took place at a time when Merleau-Ponty was developing and expanding his interroga- tion of language, serves as a framework for the relationship with subse- quent formulations in phenomenological and structuralist theories of language. (a) In Merleau-Ponty's critique of scientism, he tried to elucidate the differences between philosophy, psychology, and science; but he did not study them as three separate realms. His aim was not to widen the rift

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1979

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