Maurice Merleau-Ponty

  • The phenomenological world is not the bringing to explicit expression of a pre-existing being, but the laying down of being. Philosophy is not the reflection of a pre-existing truth, but, like art, the act of bringing truth into being

    Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  • Being established in my life, buttressed by my thinking nature, fastened down in this transcendental field which was opened for me by my first perception, and in which all absence is merely the obverse of a presence, all silence a modality of the being of sound, I enjoy a sort of ubiquity and theoretical eternity, I feel destined to move in a flow of endless life, neither the beginning nor the end of which I can experience in thought, since it is my living self who think of them, and since thus my life always precedes and survives itself

    Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  • We know not through our intellect but through our Experience

    Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  • the real is coherent and probable because it is real, and not real because it is coherent

    Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  • Speech is not a means in the service of an external end. It contains its own rule of usage, ethics, and view of the world, as a gesture sometimes bears the whole truth about a man

    Maurice Merleau-Ponty
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