This paper explicates Merleau-Ponty's highly original theory of subjectivity and intersubjectivity. Merleau-Ponty challenges traditional philosophy/psychology by rejecting the notion of subjective awareness as an introspective awareness of the private contents of one's own consciousness. For Merleau-Ponty, the subjective is a prereflective, prepersonal bodily openess to an anonymous visibility, a visibility in which both the individual and others participate. Thus, for Merleau-Ponty, the personal/ subjective and the shared/ intersubjective overlap. This view escapes the individualism of the West and the collectivism of authoritarian communism. It provides a balanced theory for both political theory and practice.
Keywords Intersubjectivity phenomenology social phil subjectivity
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ISBN(s) 0270-5664
DOI 10.5840/intstudphil1992243105
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