The World of Perception

Maurice Merleau-Ponty argues for three broad theses.  First, perception depends on a unity of form and content, or in other words, that the essence of a thing is inseparable from the appearance of the thing.  Second, perception, rather than being a transcendental act of synthesizing disparate qualities into a single whole, is based on our bodily interaction with the world.  Finally, it is our experience of art (broadly construed) that teaches us to acknowledge this embodied perception of unified form and content.

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