Analysis Of Merleau-Ponty's Relationship With Others

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This essay will focus on Merleau-Ponty’s account of our relations with Others, as well as its relation to Sartre’s philosophy and how effective of a critique Merleau-Ponty offers to the Sartrean understanding of our relationship to the Other. Throughout the essay i shall refer to the relationship between the Individual and the Other, this is simply to mean the relationship found between the ‘I’ and the other humans they interact with who have questionable similarity to the ‘I’. Our relationship to Others is a significant area of discussion because it opens the problem of Other Minds, which entails the idea that I, as an individual, cannot verify that any other individual I interact with is conscious in the same way I am. Both Sartre and Merleau-Ponty discuss the importance of the Other in verifying the existence of the individual, and the extent to which one can be aware of the Other’s internal life, differing significantly on their understanding of whether the world is shared or closed. We will arrive at the conclusion that while Merleau-Ponty presents a successful and effective alternative to the Sartrean account, it is an effective critique because it returns constantly to the damning criticism that Sartre butchers the reality of one 's interaction with the Other and tries to over simplify very complex human behavior, such as social relationships. To begin this discussion, it is necessary first to discuss Sartre 's understanding of the Individual 's relationship to the

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