M. C. Dillon

M. C. Dillon (1938–2005) was Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Binghamton University. He was the author of Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology, Semiological Reductionism: A Critique of the Deconstructionist Movement in Philosophy, and Beyond Romance. He served as the General Secretary of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle from 1985 to 2005.

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M. C. Dillon (1938–2005) was widely regarded as a world-leading Merleau-Ponty scholar. His book Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology (1988) is recognized as a classic text that revolutionized the philosophical conversation about the great French phenomenologist. Dillon followed that book with two others: Semiological Reductionism, a critique of early-1990s linguistic reductionism, and Beyond Romance, a richly developed theory of love.

“Dillon was a force in Continental philosophy in the US for more than four decades.… This volume will keep his voice and thought alive for years to come.”

Galen Johnson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Rhode Island and General Secretary, International Merleau-Ponty Circle