Time, Memory, Institution
Merleau-Ponty’s New Ontology of Self

Edited by David Morris and Kym Maclaren

“Assembling some of the most important Merleau-Ponty scholars working today, Time, Memory, Institution may be the most important volume on Merleau-Ponty published in many, many years.”

Leonard Lawlor, author of Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy

“The rich and impressive essays in Time, Memory, Institution make a new and significant contribution to the field, dealing with works of Merleau-Ponty’s that have only recently become available in English.”

Jack Reynolds, author of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity

This collection is the first extended investigation of the relation between time and memory in Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s thought as a whole as well as the first to explore in depth the significance of his concept of institution. It brings the French phenomenologist’s views on the self and ontology into contemporary focus. Time, Memory, Institution argues that the self is not a self-contained or self-determining identity, as such, but is gathered out of a radical openness to what is not self, and that it gathers itself in a time that is not merely a given dimension, but folds back upon, gathers, and institutes itself.

Access to previously unavailable texts, in particular Merleau-Ponty’s lectures on institution and expression, has presented scholars with new resources for thinking about time, memory, and history. These essays represent the best of this new direction in scholarship; they deepen our understanding of self and world in relation to time and memory; and they give occasion to reexamine Merleau-Ponty’s contribution and relevance to contemporary Continental philosophy.

This volume is essential reading for scholars of phenomenology and French philosophy, as well as for the many readers across the arts, humanities, and social sciences who continue to draw insight and inspiration from Merleau-Ponty.

Contributors: Elizabeth Behnke, Edward Casey, Véronique Fóti, Donald Landes, Kirsten Jacobson, Galen Johnson, Michael Kelly, Scott Marratto, Glen Mazis, Caterina Rea, John Russon, Robert Vallier, and Bernhard Waldenfels


David Morris is a professor of philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is the author of The Sense of Space and numerous articles and book chapters on Merleau-Ponty and phenomenology.

Kym Maclaren is an associate professor of philosophy at Ryerson University. She holds a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University and has published several articles and book chapters on Merleau-Ponty and issues of selfhood, embodiment, and intersubjectivity.

Table of Contents

  • Abbreviations for Works by Merleau-Ponty
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Memory and the Temporality of the Self
  • The Gift of Memory: Sheltering the I
    Kirsten Jacobson, University of Maine
  • The Depths of Time in the World’s Memory of Self
    Glen A. Mazis, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Null-Body, Protean Body, Potent Body, Neutral Body, Wild Body
    Elizabeth A. Behnke, Study Project in Phenomenology of the Body
  • The Impossibilities of the I: Self, Memory, and Language in Merleau-Ponty and Derrida
    John Russon, University of Guelph
  • Part II: Expression, Institution, and Ontology
  • Memory—Of the Future: Institution and Memory in the Later Merleau-Ponty
    Robert Vallier, Sciences-Po Paris / DePaul University
  • Memory, Sedimentation, Self: The Weight of the Ideal in Bergson and Merleau-Ponty
    Donald A. Landes, Concordia University
  • Expression in Merleau-Ponty’s Aesthetics, Philosophy of Nature, and Ontology
    Véronique M. Fóti, Pennsylvania State University
  • “This Power to Which We Are Vowed”:
    Subjectivity and Expression in Merleau-Ponty

    Scott Marratto, Michigan Technological University
  • The Origin of Corporeal Ipseity: Between Lag and Institution
    Caterina Rea, Universidade da Integração da Lusofonia Afro-brasileira (Translated by Darian Meacham)
  • Part III: The Ontology of Time
  • The Subject as Time: Merleau-Ponty’s Transition from Phenomenology to Ontology
    Michael R. Kelly, University of San Diego
  • Coming and Going of Time
    Bernhard Waldenfels, Ruhr University Bochum
  • The Presence of the Artwork, a Past That Is Not Past: Merleau-Ponty and Paul Klee
    Galen A. Johnson, University of Rhode Island
  • Edges of Time, Edges of Memory
    Edward S. Casey, Stony Brook University
  • Index

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