By George J. Marshall
"Published in 2008 by way of Marquette college Press, George Marshall's _A consultant to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception_ is a welcome boost the corpus of English language existentialist scholarship. Marshall is a long-time professor of continental philosophy on the collage of Regina in Canada.
While well known inside of eu philosophy as a number one contributor to existentialism and phenomenology (arguably eclipsed merely by way of Husserl and Heidegger), Merleau-Ponty has been mostly neglected via readers reared within the Anglo-American culture. released in 1945 the `Phenomenology of Perception' is Merleau-Ponty's most sensible identified work."
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How is real knowledge possible? It is important to note that Kant is not concerned with giving us examples of real knowledge or with explaining how it occurs but rather with the fundamental problem of showing how such knowledge could be possible. Hume does not deny that certain kinds of knowledge look like real knowledge but for him this is just an appearance. Hume argues that it is impossible for them to be as they appear. Thus Kant starts here. Mathematics, science, and metaphysics appear to be real knowledge.
But here the similarity of Rationalism and Empiricism ends. For Rationalism, the passively received data is not the home of truth as Empiricism might claim but rather the beginning of knowing. The active elements (what we do to the data) are what are important. Like the dog or the ameba, man’s contact with the world begins with sensation, but this is the stuff that man uses to develop knowledge. Knowledge is the product of what we do to sense experience. The way that the Empiricist tends to talk is as if what we do to sensation distorts our knowledge when in fact it is what we do to sensation that enables us to transcend sense data and get at the real world.
If this is the case, then we must discard all the knowledge that I have accumulated about my own personal identity. Now one may wonder what Descartes has left. It may seem that he has discarded all knowledge. But Descartes thinks that he has not discarded everything. One needs to remember that Descartes was a very significant mathematician and discovered Analytic Geometry. ” Descartes thinks that when he understands these ideas, he knows that they must be true because their clarity and distinctness make it so.
A Guide to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception (Marquette Studies in Philosophy) by George J. Marshall