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The Rhythm of ThoughtArt, Literature, and Music after Merleau-Ponty$
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Jessica Wiskus

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226030920

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031088.001.0001

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Mallarmé and a Proffer of Silence

Mallarmé and a Proffer of Silence

(p.xii) (p.1) 1 Mallarmé and a Proffer of Silence
The Rhythm of Thought

Jessica Wiskus

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and how his tragic death left us with only a few books and essays—with most of them in the form of pages upon pages of fragmentary notes. Their coming down to us in a rough outline instead of in a narrative form is appropriate, in that, instead of offering us the sedimentation of a philosophy spoken from the “end” of thinking, his work promises an opening—an initiation to a philosophical discourse that, by its very nature, could be nothing other than ongoing and incomplete. In this sense, the course notes and working notes contribute to our understanding of his philosophy precisely in the degree to which they illustrate that philosophy in practice. Reading the notes means participating in a movement of thought.

Keywords:   narrative form, maurice merleau-ponty, philosophy, philosophical discourse, thought

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