International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Time, memory, institution

Merleau-Ponty's new ontology of self

edited byDavid Morris(Professor of Philosophy, Concordia University, Montreal)Kym MacLaren


This collection is the first extended investigation of the relation between time and memory in Maurice Merleau-Ponty's thought as a whole as well as the first to explore in depth the significance of his concept of institution. It brings the French phenomenologist's views on the self and ontology into contemporary focus. Time, Memory, Institution argues that the self is not a self-contained or self-determining identity, as such, but is gathered out of a radical openness to what is not self, and that it gathers itself in a time that is not merely a given dimension, but folds back upon, gathers, and institutes itself.Access to previously unavailable texts, in particular Merleau-Ponty's lectures on institution and expression, has presented scholars with new resources for thinking about time, memory, and history.

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Publication details

Publisher: Ohio University Press

Place: Athens, OH

Year: 2015

Pages: 279, xi

Series: Series in Continental Thought

ISBN (hardback): 9780821444962

Full citation:

Morris David, MacLaren Kym (2015). Time, memory, institution: Merleau-Ponty's new ontology of self, Ohio University Press, Athens, OH.