MERLEAU-PONTY Maurice (1960.)
£800.00 [First Edition]
ESSAYS ON PHENOMENOLOGY, THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, AND POLITICS.
First edition, one of 40 numbered copies on Lafuma-Navarre paper. 8vo (208 x 145mm). 438 pp. Original printed wrappers, edges untrimmed. An exceptionally fine copy, in a glassine jacket. Paris, Gallimard.
The last of Merleau-Ponty’s works to be published before his death in 1961, Signes is a collection of essays on phenomenology, the history of philosophy, aesthetics, and politics, the majority of which had been delivered as lectures or appeared as articles over the previous decade. The collection includes several important essays on the phenomenology of language, including ‘Indirect Language and the Voices of Silence’, ‘On the Phenomenology of Language’, and the ‘Philosopher and His Shadow’, that constitute an explicitly linguistic turn to Merleau-Ponty’s work. The essays on politics, particularly ‘The U.S.S.R and the Camps’ and ‘The Future of the Revolution’, indicate Merleau-Ponty’s continued break with the communism of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, that had been initiated by his resignation as political editor of Les Temps Modernes in 1952 and by the publication of his Les Aventures de la dialectique (1955).
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