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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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VERISSIMO, Danilo Saretta. The notion of body schema in Merleau-Ponty's philosophy: analyses regarding the Phenomenology of perception. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.1, pp. 205-225. ISSN 1808-4281.

The Throughout the work of Merleau-Ponty, besides philosophical concepts and images of his thinking, some theoretical-anthropological devices exist that reveal his approximation of human sciences. That is the case of the notion of body schema. Interested in discussing the role the critical development of this concept may have played in the passage from the first phase of his work to the period when the philosopher finds himself able to outline a new ontology, in this paper, we study the presence of the body schema notion in the Phenomenology of perception. We show that, in this book, Merleau-Ponty unsubstantiates the notion under analysis which, from a cognitive core that organizes our bodily experience, turns into the expression of our body parts' mutual permeability, but also of the body's permeability towards the world and other people.

Keywords : Merleau-Ponty; phenomenology; body schema.

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