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Sense and life: Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of nature and evolutionary biology

Meacham, Darian Evan

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Darian Meacham Darian.Meacham@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy



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The article addresses Merleau-Ponty's later philosophy of nature in relation to two of its central operating concepts, behaviour and latency. It then examines some contemporary arguments for an extended evolutionary synthesis from the perspective of this philosophy of nature. I argue that Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of nature may provide a productive ontological grounding to the extended evolutionary synthesis.

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Meacham, D. E. (2015). Sense and life: Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of nature and evolutionary biology

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 17, 2016
Journal Discipline Filosofiche
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 2
Pages 137-163
Keywords nature, evolution, behavior, latency, potential, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, philosophy of nature, philosophy of biology, Konrad Lorenz, J.S. Haldane, Helen Spurway, Georges Canguilhem, Edmund Husserl, instinct, niche construction, extended evolutionary synthe
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/843442
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1400/231129

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