211 The "Sense" of "Sight": Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty on the Meaning of Bodily and Existential Sight JOHN PROTEVI Louisiana State University Introduction In this essay I articulate the positions of Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty on the threefold "sense" of "sight": first-but the order that places this first is not innocent-the sight of corporeal-sensible vision; sec- ond, "sight" in a different sense, that is, as a metaphor for existential understanding; third, "sense" as the direction in which that metaphor transmits sense-the direction in which it shifts meaning between the sensible and meaningful realms. At first, a perhaps unnecessary reminder that an Auseinandersetzung of Sein und Zeit' and Phénoménologie de la perception2 is to some extent as impossible and illegitimate as that between apples and oranges, for Sein und Zeit is a work of hermeneutic phenomenological fundamental ontology in which the examination of the temporal structures of Dasein- temporal structures that, as far as fundamental ontology is concerned, ground the Sinn of spatiality, sensibility, and signification-is to be the clue to the working out of the transcendental horizon for the question of the sense of Being. Merleau-Ponty's Phinominologie, on the other 212 hand, is a work of existential phenomenology in which
Research in Phenomenology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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