Although Descartes has been the “go to” philosophical bad guy for the past century, much contemporary philosophy of mind is in many ways still held captive by a Cartesian picture of the human being. Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology is a radical repudiation of that picture, so his work remains outside the orbit of mainstream analytical philosophy. He has nothing to add, for example, to tedious debates about the metaphysics of consciousness. I consider Merleau-Ponty’s silence on that question a sign of his philosophical maturity.
Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Taylor Carman.