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Phenomenology or Deconstruction?

The Question of Ontology in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy

Christopher Watkin

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Phenomenology or Deconstruction? challenges traditional understandings of the relationship between phenomenology and deconstruction through new readings of the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricœur and Jean-Luc Nancy. A constant dialogue with Jacques Derrida's engagement with phenomenological themes provides the impetus to establishing a new understanding of 'being' and 'presence' that exposes significant blindspots inherent in traditional readings of both phenomenology and deconstruction.

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List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Problem of Relation
1. Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Perception and Ontology
2. Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Language and Ontology
3. Paul Ricœur: Selfhood and Ontology
4. Paul Ricœur: Justice and Ontology
5. Jean-Luc Nancy: Sense and Ontology
6. Jean-Luc Nancy: Plurality and Ontology
Conclusion: Ontology and 'Deconstructive Phenomenology'

About the Author

Christopher Watkin is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at Monash University.