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Merleau-Ponty and Theology


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Preface Part One: Merleau-Ponty in Brief 1. Merleau-Ponty, by way of introduction 2. The corporeal and the corporal 3. The human I: body and world 4. The human II: the corporate (others, language, history) Part Two: Merleau-Ponty and Theology 5. Merleau-Ponty and Theology 6. Theology and the material 7. Theology and the living 8. Theology and the human Notes Bibliography Index

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Explores the philosophical contributions of French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty and the relevance of his work to theological understanding.

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Christopher Ben Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Lincoln Christian University, USA.


Simpson's firm command of the works of both Merleau-Ponty and the early church theologians enables him to clearly explicate the two and bring them together in a conversation beneficial to graduate students and scholars at seminaries and universities who are interested in the interplay between theology and contemporary philosophy. -- Dylan Bailey, Westminster Theological Seminary, PA, US * Theological Book Review *
A welcome contribution ... Simpson's scholarly work here can serve as a highly useful introduction to Merleau-Ponty's thought for theologians, and as a reference to the points of contact between his philosophy and theology. -- Orion Edgar * Modern Theology *
[This book] is a welcome addition ... the first book length study to bring theology into conversation with Merleau-Ponty's thought. * Theologische Literaturzeitung *
[Simpson's] treatment offers an incisive, densely referenced yet succinct overview of Merleau-Ponty's post-Kantian, post-Cartesian, and indeed post-Husserlian philosophy of phenomenology, alongside a systematic engagement with Christian loci ... It seems likely much more will be said on Merleau-Ponty and theology in future, and this is a lucid, positive early contribution theretowards. * Heythrop Journal *

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