Jérôme Melançon is associate professor of French and Francophone intercultural studies & philosophy at the University of Regina.
Merleau-Ponty maintained a constant dialogue with the political that shapes much of his work in phenomenology and beyond. From the figure of the hero to the intersubjectivity of care to the question of the Anthropocene, Transforming Politics with Merleau-Ponty deepens our understanding of his philosophy while challenging us to think with and beyond him to address today’s most urgent political questions.
Merleau-Ponty never set the political aside—it was always on the horizon of his thinking—as the essays in this collection so stunningly reveal. These fresh approaches to Merleau-Ponty’s political philosophy show how his ideas— though instituted through the events of his day—can enhance our thinking about contemporary issues such as decolonization, our relationship to nature, racialization and the possibility for radical change.