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Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s criticism of Bergson's theory of time seen through the work of Gilles Deleuze

Judith Wambacq (2011) STUDIA PHAENOMENOLOGICA. 11. p.309-325
abstract
In this article I examine the relation between the philosophies of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Gilles Deleuze by looking at the way they refer to the time theory of Henri Bergson. It appears that, although Merleau-Ponty copies some fundamental Bergsonian insights on the nature of time, he presents himself as a critical reader of the latter. I will show that Merleau-Ponty's interpretation of Bergson differs fundamentally from the one by Deleuze, but that Merleau-Ponty's 'corrections' to Bergson fit Deleuze's reading of Bergson very well. This indicates a similarity with respect to what is at stake in the philosophies of Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze. The critical reference that Deleuze makes to Merleau-Ponty's conception of cinema and thus of movement is hence not justified, but the result of a selective and prototypical reading of the early Merleau-Ponty.
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movement, time, cinema, memory, virtual
journal title
STUDIA PHAENOMENOLOGICA
Stud. Phaenomenol.
editor
Christian Ciocan
volume
11
issue title
Concepts of Tradition in Phenomenology
pages
309 - 325
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Article
Web of Science id
000297441900016
ISSN
1582-5647
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1965461
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1965461
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2011-12-12 20:28:01
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  author       = {Wambacq, Judith},
  editor       = {Ciocan, Christian},
  issn         = {1582-5647},
  journal      = {STUDIA PHAENOMENOLOGICA},
  keyword      = {movement,time,cinema,memory,virtual},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {309--325},
  title        = {Maurice Merleau-Ponty{\textquoteright}s criticism of Bergson's theory of time seen through the work of Gilles Deleuze},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Wambacq, Judith. 2011. “Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Criticism of Bergson's Theory of Time Seen Through the Work of Gilles Deleuze.” Ed. Christian Ciocan. Studia Phaenomenologica 11: 309–325.
APA
Wambacq, J. (2011). Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s criticism of Bergson's theory of time seen through the work of Gilles Deleuze. (C. Ciocan, Ed.)STUDIA PHAENOMENOLOGICA, 11, 309–325.
Vancouver
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Wambacq J. Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s criticism of Bergson's theory of time seen through the work of Gilles Deleuze. Ciocan C, editor. STUDIA PHAENOMENOLOGICA. 2011;11:309–25.
MLA
Wambacq, Judith. “Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Criticism of Bergson's Theory of Time Seen Through the Work of Gilles Deleuze.” Ed. Christian Ciocan. STUDIA PHAENOMENOLOGICA 11 (2011): 309–325. Print.