This book, first published in 1987, is an extended examination of Merleau-Ponty's political philosophy. It describes and critically elucidates the main political themes to be found in his writings, and shows how his political ideas are related to his general phenomenological philosophy.
Part 1. The Philosophical Basis of Merleau-Ponty's View of Politics, 1935-1953 1. The Dialectics of Existence 2. Merleau-Ponty, Hegel and the Dialectic 3. The Philosophical Basis of the View of Politics Part 3. Merleau-Ponty's Political Philosophy, 1945-1953 4. Marxism and the 'Philosophy of Existence' 5. The Critique of Liberalism 6. Truth, Morality and Violence in Politics Part 3. Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy and Political Philosophy, 1954-1961 7. The Rejection of Marxist Politics 8. After Marxism: Towards the Universal