Thought in action

Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199594900
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Thought in action

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In a series of recent papers, Hubert Dreyfus offers an elegant elucidation and defence of Merleau-Ponty’s view of agency, bringing it to the attention of theorists working in a number of different fields. However, there is a central problem with Dreyfus’s account: he places too little importance on the role of thought in human action. This paper raises some difficulties for Dreyfus, before offering a suggestion for understanding the role of thought in action within a Merleau-Pontyian framework.

Keywords: thought; action; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; Hubert Dreyfus; theory of perception; Gestalt; agent's behaviour

Article.  9838 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind ; Social and Political Philosophy

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