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date: 19 September 2021

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In a series of recent papers, Hubert Dreyfus offers an elegant elucidation and defence of Merleau-Ponty’s view of agency, bringing it to the attention of theorists working in a number of different fields. However, there is a central problem with Dreyfus’s account: he places too little importance on the role of thought in human action. This paper raises some difficulties for Dreyfus, before offering a suggestion for understanding the role of thought in action within a Merleau-Pontyian framework.

Keywords: thought, action, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Hubert Dreyfus, theory of perception, Gestalt, agent's behaviour

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