The ambiguity of existence in Merleau-Ponty


  • Eduardo Álvarez González Universidad Autónoma de Madrid



Merleau-Ponty, existence, ambiguity, cogito, subjectivity, body, phenomenology


The actual piece deals with the new sense conferred to Human Existence by Merleau-Ponty, that as it simultaneously recognizes its belonging to the world according to the heideggerian notion of beingin the-world and from a viewpoint that opposes Rationalist Intellectualism, nevertheless does not renounce a Philosophy of the Subject inspired in the later Husserl. This approach leads Merleau-Ponty to interpret the Cartesian Principle of cogito as Existence, and to attribute to this notion an ambiguity: that which corresponds to the double and simultaneous consideration of belonging to the world and being differentiated from it. This philosophical project is elaborated through a new way of describing experience in the line of a Phenomenological Conception which attributes to the Body the transcendental role that Classical Idealism assigned to Conscience

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Author Biography

Eduardo Álvarez González, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Departamento de Filosofía
Madrid, España
Fecha de recepción: 18 de diciembre de 2010
Fecha de aprobación: 2 de mayo de 2011


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MERLEAU-PONTY, M. (1967) Structure du comportement, Paris, P.U.F.



How to Cite

Álvarez González, E. (2011). The ambiguity of existence in Merleau-Ponty. Estudios De Filosofía, (43), 149–177.



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