John F. Bannan (essay date September 1966)
SOURCE: Bannan, John. F. “Merleau-Ponty on God.” International Philosophical Quarterly 6, no. 3 (September 1966): 341-65.
[In the following essay, Bannan discusses Merleau-Ponty's attempts to reconcile religion with philosophy.]
“It is characteristic of man to think God, but this does not mean that God exists.”1 Like Descartes, Merleau-Ponty finds himself with the idea of God. He finds it when he takes an inventory of consciousness, where it stems in some way from the latter's objectivist behavior, always a central philosophical concern for him. He also finds it when he takes an inventory of his time, where it is part of the historical reality of...
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