45th Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle

Northwestern University Press is proud to publish important works of phenomenology and existential philosophy, including a long list of notable books by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, including The Visible and the Invisible, Signs, and The Merleau-Ponty Reader, edited by Leonard Lawlor and Ted Toadvine.

In January of 2022, the Press will publish The Possibility of Philosophy, which presents the notes that Merleau‑Ponty prepared for three courses he taught at the Collège de France: “The Possibility of Philosophy Today,” given in the spring semester of 1959, and “Cartesian Ontology and Ontology Today” and “Philosophy and Nonphilosophy since Hegel,” both given in the spring semester of 1961. The last two courses remain incomplete due to Merleau-Ponty’s unexpected death on May 3, 1961.

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New and Notable Publications

Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Books by Maurice Merleau-Ponty

The Possibility of Philosophy

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Keith Whitmoyer, Claude Lefort, Stéphanie Ménasé

The Sensible World and the World of Expression

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Bryan Smyth

Child Psychology and Pedagogy

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Talia Welsh

Institution and Passivity

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Leonard Lawlor, Heath Massey, Claude Lefort

The Merleau-Ponty Reader

Leonard Lawlor, Ted Toadvine

Sense and Non-Sense

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Hubert L. Dreyfus, Patricia Allen Dreyfus

Consciousness and the Acquisition of Language

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Hugh J. Silverman

In Praise of Philosophy and Other Essays

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, John Wild, James M. Edie, John O'Neill


Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Dominique Seglard, Robert Vallier

Husserl at the Limits of Phenomenology

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Leonard Lawlor, Bettina Bergo

Adventures of the Dialectic

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Joseph J. Bien

The Prose of the World

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Claude Lefort, John O'Neill

The Primacy of Perception

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, William Cobb, James M. Edie


Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Richard C. McCleary

The Visible and the Invisible

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Alphonso Lingis

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