The understanding of the body and movement in Merleau-Ponty




Merleau-Ponty, body understanding, perception, movement, world.


The author seeks an explanation for Merleau-Ponty’s expression “the body understands”, to which he applies a real value: the objects of the world have a signification that the body grasps by way of perception. The analysis focuses on Phenomenology of Perception and on notes from two courses: Le monde sensible et le monde de l’expression and La nature. There is a constant allusion to the I can as an underlying and grounding mode with regard to the I think. Therefore, the French philosopher grants a central role to the movement that demonstrates the interweaving of the body with the world.


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Biografia do Autor

Patricia Moya, Universidad de los Andes, Chile

Full Professor Institute of Philosophy, Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago – Chile. E-mail:
Ph.D. in Philosophy (Universidad de Navarra, Spain). Has published several papers on knowledge-theory, particularly with regard to Thomas Aquinas. Published papers on Merleau-Ponty: The role of habit in human behavior according to M. Merleau-Ponty (Filosofía Unisinos, v. 13, n. 3, p. 367-380, 2012); Sexuality and meaning in Freud and Merleau-Ponty (with M. Elena Larraín, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, p. 737-757, 2016); Habit and embodiment in Merleau-Ponty (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, ; La relación de Maurice Merleau-Ponty con el cristianismo (Teología y Vida, v. LIX, 2018/2, p. 191-209); Fe primordial y horizonte: la propuesta merleau-pontiana de una nueva racionalidade (with Diego Honorato Errázuriz, Acta Philosophica, I, 28, 2019 – in press).


2019-03-31 — Atualizado em 2022-07-20

Como Citar

Moya, P. (2022). The understanding of the body and movement in Merleau-Ponty. TRANS/FORM/AÇÃO: Revista De Filosofia, 42(1), 201–226.



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