PHENOMOLOGY OF PERCEPTION- MERLAU-PONTY

 

 

Merleau-Ponty attempts to reveal the phenomenological structure of perception. He writes that while the “notion of sensation … seems immediate and obvious”, it is in fact confused. Merleau-Ponty asserts that because “traditional analyses” have accepted it, they have “missed the phenomenon of perception.” Merleau-Ponty argues that while sensation could be understood to mean “the way in which I am affected and the experiencing of a state of myself”, there is nothing in experience corresponding to “pure sensation” or “an atom of feeling”. He writes that, “The alleged self-evidence of sensation is not based on any testimony of consciousness, but on widely held prejudice.”

Merleau-Ponty emphasizes the role of the body in human experience. How does Merleau-Ponty’s phenomena translate in photography?

 

 

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