The Rhythm of Thought: Art, Literature, and Music after Merleau-Ponty

By Jessica Wiskus

Between current and earlier, obvious and invisible, and sensation and concept, there's resonance—so thinker Maurice Merleau-Ponty argued and so Jessica Wiskus explores in The Rhythm of Thought. protecting the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé, the work of Paul Cézanne, the prose of Marcel Proust, and the track of Claude Debussy below Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological gentle, she bargains cutting edge interpretations of a few of those artists’ masterworks, in flip articulating a brand new viewpoint on Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy.
More than in simple terms convalescing Merleau-Ponty’s proposal, Wiskus thinks in response to it. First reading those artists with regards to noncoincidence—as silence in poetry, intensity in portray, reminiscence in literature, and rhythm in music—she strikes via an array in their works of art towards a few of Merleau-Ponty’s most fun topics: our physically dating to the realm and the dynamic technique of expression. She closes with an exam of synesthesia as an intertwining of inner and exterior nation-states and a choice, eventually, for philosophical inquiry as a method of creative expression. established like a bit of song itself, The Rhythm of Thought bargains new contexts during which to procedure paintings, philosophy, and the resonance among them.

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See musical shape 4 Bathers (Cézanne), 53–54, fifty four, fifty eight Freudian subconscious, 136n48 hole: among Marcel’s notion and perfect illustration, 30–31, 133n20; among Merleau-Ponty’s paintings and engagement with it, four; among mirrored image and the item, four; among signal and signification, 7, eight. See additionally lacuna; noncoincidence Gestalt, 150n49 Gilberte, 27, 34, 35, seventy one, seventy four, 146n54 Godlike standpoint, 15–16. See additionally kosmotheoros Gowing, Lawrence, 141n28 Guattari, Félix, 150n55 the hidden: intensity and, 17–18; in Proust’s Recherche, 27, sixty seven, 133n5. See additionally invisible homes on a Hill, Provence (Cézanne), 18–19, 20, 20 Husserl, Edmund: incompleteness of labor of, three, 127n28, 156n38; Merleau-Ponty’s inspiration of establishment and, 143n46; Merleau-Ponty’s writings on, sixty six, 127n28, 132n2, 136n48, 143n46, 151n59, 153n16, 156n38; conception of intersubjectivity, 132n2 hyperdialectic, 7 hyperreflection, five, 7 ideality, ninety eight, a hundred, 144n7 principles: the flesh and, ninety two; philosophical, establishment of, 109; Platonic, ninety four, 145n31; universe of, ninety. See additionally musical notion incompossibles, solidarity of, fifty eight, fifty nine, ninety two, ninety five, one hundred and one, 111, 116 oblique procedure, 12, 113, 130n50. See additionally ontology establishment: carnal essence published via, 141n20, 141n21; reason operating via, seventy five, 146n49; Cézanne’s work and, 147n6; Debussy’s Prélude and, 89, 102, one hundred and five, 109–10, 147n6; defining features of, 63–64; of expression, 122; expressive operation of author and, 128n31; oblique ontology and, 113, 123; love and, seventy five, seventy six, 146n46, 147n6; a number of institutions of, 141n20; musical suggestion and, seventy six, 89, ninety six, ninety seven, a hundred, 102, 109–10, 147n6; of transcendence, one hundred twenty intermittence, legislation of, seventy one, seventy two “The Intertwining—The Chiasm,” 1, 36, ninety two, one hundred and one the invisible: as measurement, a hundred and ten, a hundred and twenty; as natural transcendence, 114, 118–19; relation with obvious, fifty eight, ninety two, ninety four, 119; as operating upon the realm, seventy five, ninety three, 116. See additionally the hidden; the unseen Ione, Amy, 131n24 Kearney, Richard, 125n1 Klee, Paul, 24, 141n26 kosmotheoros: Cartesian philosophy and, 15; intensity and, 15, sixteen, 22, 36; Merleau-Ponty’s proposal of, 144n7; musical principles and, ninety three; viewpoint and, sixteen, 20; natural essence of Albertine and, 68–69, 144n7; reflective proposal and, five lacuna: dialectic and, 6, 7; the invisible and, 116; musical inspiration and, ninety seven, a hundred and one; on web page of Merleau-Ponty’s notes, 2; in Proust’s courting with Albertine, sixty seven; among mirrored image and the object, four; in visible association of Mallarmé’s poetry, eleven. See additionally hole; noncoincidence Laloy, Louis, 152n2 language: empirical vs. inventive, eight; Mallarmé and, 7, 8–9, 10, eleven, 127n31, 128n41, 129n42; Merleau-Ponty’s use of, 1, 2; track and, 39; non secular, 1, 125n1; rhythmic caliber of, 9–10. See additionally which means; operative language; poetic language; signification Lascaux, fifty six Lawlor, Leonard, 126n18, 144n15 Les Mardis, 39 line: in cave artwork, fifty seven; in Cézanne’s work, 53–56, fifty seven; Matisse’s selection of, 142n38; Merleau-Ponty on portray and, 139n3; in song, fifty three; in visible arts, fifty three Loran, Erle, 131n21 love: establishment and, seventy five, seventy six, 146n46, 147n6; of Marcel for Albertine, 69–70, seventy four, seventy six, 145n32; Merleau-Ponty on nature of, seventy five, 145n32; stream and, seventy four, seventy six madeleine, 28–29, 32, 33, 116, 117, 118, 119, a hundred and twenty, 121, 156n28 Mallarmé, Stéphane: Debussy’s Prélude and, 39–40, 137n2; language and, 7, 8–9, 10, eleven, 127n31, 128n41, 129n42; Merleau-Ponty’s oblique ontology and, 12; rhythm and, eleven, 17, 39, 123 Manet, Édouard, 2 Marcel: confluences making up his lifestyles, 34–35; creativity and, ninety nine, 122; narrator and, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, sixty seven, seventy two, seventy four, 122, 123, 132n2; resurrections of, 116–20, 121–23, 155nn11–12, 156n28; rhythm in adventure of, 69–70, 121, 122, 123, 153n18; Vinteuil’s track and, ninety, 99–100, 121, 122, 151n56, 156n28.

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