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The Question of Painting : Rethinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty, Hardback Book

The Question of Painting : Rethinking Thought with Merleau-Ponty Hardback


Since the latter half of the 20th century, committed art has been associated with conceptual, critical and activist practices.

Painting, by contrast-despite its significance as a site for continued artistic experimentation-has all too often been dismissed as an outmoded, reactionary, market-led venture; an ineffectual medium from the perspective of social and political engagement.

How can painting change the world today? The question of painting, in particular, fuelled the investigations of a major 20th-century philosopher: the French phenomenologist, Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-61).

Merleau-Ponty was at the forefront of attempts to place philosophy on a new footing by contravening the authority of Cartesian dualism and objectivist thought-an authority that continues to limit present-day intellectual, imaginative, ethical, and indeed scientific possibilities.

Taking an approach that moves between the fields of philosophical and visual culture research, The Question of Painting is organized around a closely focused, chronological account of Merleau-Ponty's unfolding project and its relationship with art, clarifying how painting, as a paradigmatically embodied and situated mode of investigation, helped him to access the fundamentally "intercorporeal" basis of reality as he saw it, and articulate its lived implications-implications that have a, productive bearing on the personal, ethical and political challenges facing us today. The Question of Painting brings today's much debated concerns about the socio-cultural and political potential of painting into contact with the question of painting in philosophy.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 28 bw illus
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Phenomenology & Existentialism
  • ISBN: 9781472574282



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