The Intertwining- The Chiasm

If it is true that as soon as philosophy declares itself to be reflection or coincidence it prejudges what it will find, then once again it must recommence everything, reject the instruments reflection and intuition had provided themselves, and install itself in a locus where they have not yet been distinguished, in experiences that have not yet been “worked over,” that offer us all at once, pell-mell, both “subject” and “object,” both existence and essence, and hence give philosophy resources to redefine them.

Maurice Merleau Ponty

This is the first sentence of a very long reading selection I have to analyze and write a paper on for my Philosophy Final. I have absolutely no idea what he is saying there but there is some consolation in knowing that it must mean something.



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