Reading List

Feel free to seek out readings not on this list. I will probably add further items to it as the module progresses.

Items will either be available through the library; on the internet (I’ve provided links to things that are generally available); or in the module dropbox (for those things not available elsewhere). The dropbox link is available in MOLE.

If you have trouble getting hold of something – TELL ME – I’ll get hold of it for you.

If any of the links are broken – TELL ME – I’ll try and fix them. They were working last time I checked.

  • Bell, David. 1990. Husserl. London: Routledge. [Particularly parts III and IV.]
  • Moran, Dermot. 2000. Introduction to Phenomenology. London: Routledge. [Particularly section on Husserl.]
  • Smith, David Woodruff, McIntyre, Ronald. 1982. Husserl and Intentionality: A Study of Mind, Meaning, and Language. Dordrecht and Boston: D. Reidel Publishing Co. [Particularly chapter III, section 1.2.]

Core texts

  • Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. 1962. Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge. [This link takes you to the Colin Smith translation. There is a newer translation by Don Landes, which is very good. Feel free to read whichever translation you want.]
  • Romdenh-Romluc, Komarine. 2010. Routledge GuideBook to Merleau-Ponty and Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge. [DROPBOX]

Introduction to Merleau-Ponty’s work

  • Routledge GuideBook, chapter 1
  • Carman, Taylor. 2008. Merleau-Ponty. London: Routledge. [Chapter 1.]
  • Carman, Taylor. 2009. Merleau-Ponty and the mystery of perception. Philosophy Compass 4 (4), pp. 630-8.
  • Heinämaa, Sara. 2013. Merleau-Ponty: a phenomenological philosophy of mind and body. In A. Bailey (ed.) Key Thinkers in the Philosophy of Mind. London: Continuum [DROPBOX]
  • Morris, Katherine. 2012. Starting with Merleau-Ponty. London: Continuum, chapter 1 [DROPBOX]
  • Romdenh-Romluc, Komarine. 2011. Merleau-Ponty. In S. Luft and S. Overgaard (eds.) Routledge Companion to Phenomenology. London: Routledge, pp. 103-12.

Merleau-Ponty’s transcendental-phenomenological reduction

Absorbed coping 

The Dreyfus papers all cover very similar ground, so there is no need to read all of them.

Worries with the Schneider case

Reckoning with the possible

Bodily knowledge

  • Annas, Julia. 2012. Practical expertise. In J. Bengson and M. A. Moffett (eds.) Knowing How: Essays on Knowledge, Mind, and Action. Oxford: OUP, pp. 101—112.
  • Noë, Alva. 2005. Against intellectualism. Analysis, 64 pp. 278—90.

Other People

  • Phenomenology of Perception, Part II The world as perceived, section 4.
  • Routledge GuideBook, chapter 5.
  • Carman, Taylor. 2008. Merleau-Ponty. London: Routledge, ch. 4
  • Hammond, M., Howarth, J., Keat, R. 1991. Understanding Phenomenology. Oxford: Blackwells, ‘The recognition of other selves’.
  • McGinn, Marie. 1998. The real problem of others: Cavell, Merleau-Ponty and Wittgenstein on scepticism about other minds. European Journal of Philosophy, 6, pp. 45—58
  • Morris, Katherine. 2012. Starting with Merleau-Ponty. London: Continuum. [Chapter 5].


  • Phenomenology of Perception, Part III Being-for-itself and being-in-itself, section 3.
  • Compton, J. 1982. Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and human freedom. The Journal of Philosophy, 10 pp. 577—88.
  • Hammond, M., Howarth, J., Keat, R. 1991. Understanding Phenomenology. Oxford: Blackwells, ‘Freedom and its limits’.
  • Wrathall, M. 2005. Reasons, motives and causes. In T. Carman and M. Hansen (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty. Cambridge: CUP, pp. 111—28.

Core texts

  • Fanon, Frantz. 2008. Black Skin, White Masks. Pluto Press.
  • Gordon, Lewis. 2015. What Fanon Said. London: Hurst & Company.

Introduction to Fanon’s work


Stanford Encyclopaedia entry on recognition.

  • Chari, Anita. 2004. Exceeding recognition. Sartre Studies International, 10 (2): 110-122. [DROPBOX]
  • Bulhan, Hussein Abdilahi. 1985. Frantz Fanon and the Psychology of Oppression. New York: Plenum Press, ch. 6, pp. 101-117. [DROPBOX]
  • Kruks, Sonia. 1996. Fanon, Sartre, and identity politics. In Lewis R. Gordon, T. Denean Shirley-Whiting, and Reneé T. White (eds.) Fanon: A Critical Reader. Oxford: Blackwells, pp. 122-133.
  • Taylor, Charles. 1994. The politics of recognition. In C. Taylor and (eds.) Multiculturalism. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
  • Villet, Charles. 2011. Hegel and Fanon on the question of mutual recognition: a comparative analysisThe Journal of Pan African Studies, 4 (7): 39-51.

Language and identity

Interracial relationships – denial of blackness and the distorted mirror

  • Bergner, Gwen. 1995. Who is that masked woman? Or, the role of gender in Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks. In PMLA, 110 (1), Special Topic: Colonialism and the Postcolonial Condition, 75-88.
  • Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. 1996. Anti-black femininity and mixed-race identity: engaging Fanon to reread Capécia. In Lewis R. Gordon, T. Denean Shirley-Whiting, and Reneé T. White (eds.) Fanon: A Critical Reader. Oxford: Blackwells, pp. 155-162.
  • Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. 1999. Fanon and Capécia. In Anthony C. Alessandrini (ed.) Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge, pp. 57-74. Also in her 1998 Frantz Fanon: Conflicts and Feminisms. Boston: Rowman & Littlefield. [DROPBOX]
  • Srinivasan, Amia. 2018. Does anyone have the right to sex? London Review of Books 40 (6): 5-10.

The fact of blackness (the lived experience of blackness)

Négritude as salvation

Fanon’s humanism – the possibility of an equal community of people

Violence and revolution

[under construction]

Fanon’s conception of race

All of the above topics are relevant to Fanon’s conception of race. But here are three pieces that develop further, some of the ideas explored above.

  • Pile, Steve. 2010. Skin, race and space: the clash of bodily schemas in Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks and Nella Larsen’s PassingCultural Geographies 18 (1): 25-41. [DROPBOX]
  • Saldhana, Arun. 2010. Skin, affect, aggregation: Guatterian variations on Fanon. Environment and Planning A 42: 2410-2427. [DROPBOX]
  • Saldhana, Arun. 2006. Reontologising race: the machine geography of the phenotype. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 24: 9-24. [DROPBOX]

Psychiatry and pathology

[Under construction]