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Intercorporéité et interanimalité. La philosophie de la nature de Merleau-Ponty et l’esquisse d’une nouvelle ontologie de la vie

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This chapter presents an overview on the natural philosophy of Merleau-Ponty and the outline of a new ontology of life. The chapter discusses the problem of living corporeality as an ontological kinship element between man and beast. Merleau-Ponty is indeed one of the few contemporary philosophers to have apprehended radically the question of corporeality as unthought node of philosophical reflection to discuss the unique ontological intertwining between man and animal. Merleau-Ponty has redesigned the corporeal nature of the living animal by restoring dignity to be open to the world and otherness. Merleau-Ponty draws a new conception of perceptual-body relationship between man and animal as a sign of a deep trend ontology of the living being. Ultimately, arbitrary proliferation of animal forms very clearly teaches fundamental ontological reality.

Keywords: Merleau-Ponty; corporeality; natural philosophy; ontology of life; living being



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