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date: 23 April 2019

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This chapter begins with a brief biography of Merleau-Ponty and then sets forth eight condensed perspectives on Merleau-Ponty’s relationship to phenomenology and psychopathology: Assessing Merleau-Ponty’s Writings in Psychopathology; Cezanne’s Doubt and Merleau-Ponty’s Doubt; Merleau-Ponty’s Ambiguous Way of Life; Sexuality and Ambiguity; Freudian Influences and Merleau-Ponty’s Existential Analyses;: Merleau-Ponty’s Analysis of Schneider; Puzzles about Touching and the Touched; Back to Cezanne. The eight condensed perspectives highlight fundamental themes in Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology and in his psychopathological analyses at the same time as they highlight fundamental questions and concerns that arise in an examination of these themes. The fundamental themes emerge first in an assessment of how Merleau-Ponty’s writings on psychopathology are both exceptional and non-exceptional and in the end in a question about the possible confluence of what Merleau-Ponty describes as Cezanne’s “creative liberty” and Merleau-Ponty’s own creative liberty

Keywords: Gelb and Goldstein, doubt, ambiguity, sexuality, Schneider, touching/touched relationship, existential analysis

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