Maurice Merleau-Ponty was the first French thinker to identify phenomenology with philosophy. He is known as a phenomenologist and was identified as a key figure in the existentialist movement. In his study, Stephen Priest engages Merleau-Ponty across the full range of his thought. He considers Merleau-Ponty's writings on the problems of the body, perception, space, time, subjectivity, freedom, language, other minds, physical objects, art and being. Priest uses clear and direct language to explain the thoughts of and the ensuing importance of Merleau-Ponty.
Stephen Priest is former Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is the editor of Sartre's Basic Writings (Routledge) and author of The British Empiricists, Theories of the Mind and The Subject in Question.