Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Maurice Merleau-Ponty argued that “Philosophy is not the reflection of a pre-existing truth, but, like art, the act of bringing truth into being”.

Although often divided along institutional disciplinary lines, literature and philosophy have long shared an interest in questions of truth and knowledge raised by such statements. Maurice Merleau-PontyHow do intellectual, phenomenological, theological, and affective forms of knowledge figure in literary and philosophical texts? How can works of literature perform and/or clarify philosophical concerns, especially questions of epistemology? How can philosophical texts and methodologies illuminate and/or reframe works of literature? How are forms of knowledge racialized, gendered, queered, or otherwise embodied and encoded?

Hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s research group OverLAP, in partnership with the French Institute, the Department of English Literature, and the Department of European Languages and Cultures, this interdisciplinary conference invites delegates to explore questions such as these, bringing together viewpoints from the intersecting fields of philosophy and literature to interrogate various forms of knowledge creation.

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