These questions are suggestions of things you could write about. If you want to write your own question, that is fine, but you must get your question approved by me.

Coursework will be on Merleau-Ponty’s work. We will tackle Fanon’s philosophy in the exam. This will be a seen paper, and the exam questions will appear on this website towards the end of the semester.

If you are an MA student, or an undergraduate writing a long essay, you can write about Fanon for your coursework. Remember you need to get your question approved by me.

More information about assessment and feedback is here.

(1) Is Merleau-Ponty’s understanding of the Transcendental-Phenomenological Reduction defensible?

(2) Can Objective Thought account for perception?

(3) What, according to Merleau-Ponty, does the case of Schneider show us about the human capacity for action? Are his claims defensible?

(4) What does Merleau-Ponty mean when he claims that ‘to know how to type’ is to have ‘knowledge in the hands’ (1962: 166)? Can his view be defended?

(5) Can Merleau-Ponty account for perceptual illusions?

(6) Why does Merleau-Ponty think that the existence of others poses a problem for him? Does he provide a defensible solution?

(7) What is ‘motor intentionality’? Is it a useful notion?