Between Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur

The Attention and the Involuntary


This paper aims to explore some aspects of Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of perception (1945), proceeding from the chapter on attention – introductory section – to evaluate its redefining outcome, and to place it in dialectic with Paul Ricoeur’s research on Freedom and Nature (1950) – first section, chap. III. The hypothesis is that this work can help to shed new light both on a possible understanding of attention in the phenomenological perspective and that it can contribute to determine better the relationship between attention and the dimension of the involuntary. In the background, this opens up the dilemma about the possibility that a phenomenological approach to the unconscious could be a better explanation than a naturalising approach. 


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Author Biography

Vinicio Busacchi, Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, and PhilosophyUNIVERSITY OF CAGLIARI

Vinicio Busacchi is full professor of Theoretical Philosophy and a Member of the Doctoral Committee at the Department of Pedagogy, Psychology, and Philosophy at the University of Cagliari, Italy. He is a Member of the interdisciplinary research group on “Psychoanalysis, Hermeneutics and Phenomenology” in Rome. His research interests are focused in hermeneutics, epistemology of the social sciences, theory of psychoanalysis, historical knowledge. He has published various articles on the philosophy of psychoanalysis, neuroscience, anthropology, and the philosophy of history. His published books include Ricœur vs. Freud (Paris, 2011), Pour une herméneutique critique (Paris, 2013), The Recognition Principle: A Philosophical Perspective between Psychology, Sociology and Politics (Newcastle, 2015); Habermas and Ricoeur’s Depth Hermeneutics. From Psychoanalysis to a Critical Human Science (Cham, 2016).  



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How to Cite
Busacchi, V. (2023). Between Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur. Critical Hermeneutics, 7(1), 91-115.