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Two Conflicting Interpretations of Social Philosophy
Two Conflicting Interpretations of Social Philosophy

Author(s): Alpár Losoncz
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Institut za filozofiju i društvenu teoriju
Keywords: Sociality; corporeal sociality; embededdness; social philosophy; intersubjectivity; transcendental subjectivity; being-for-others

Summary/Abstract: In this paper I present two philosophers, namely Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Paul Sartre, but from the perspective of social philosophy. I emphasize that social philosophy proves to be a rarity today, and this explains the necessity of articulation of the achievements of these philosophers. In particular, I analyze the relationship between the articulation of intersubjectivity and social philosophy and on the basis of these relations I present the differences and conflicts between the aforementioned philosophers. Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is explained from the perspective of unbroken intersubjectivity; the philosophy of Sartre is presented on the basis of the relation between transcendental subjectivity and intersubjectivity. The article follows the genealogical approach, that is, it highlights the dynamics of the thinking of these thinkers in order to show the displacements. Finally, I develop the thesis that the late Sartre, who remained within the frames of Marx's approach, actually reinterprets the early indications to be found in Merleau-Ponty concerning social philosophy. Consequently, late Sartre is still an important reference point in terms of the critical philosophy of society.

  • Issue Year: 25/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 56-76
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English