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Write, neverendingly

Ontography in Merleau-Ponty

Back to issue: ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 10/1/2019: Ontography
DOI: 10.28937/1000108236
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Rather than distinguish a phenomenological moment from an ontological moment in Merleau- Ponty’s work, this article aims to recapture its unity by questioning a metaphor that traverses it: that of the writing, the text or the trace. Ontography is the name of a problem and a paradox that Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy bears and assumes: what good is it to say the Being, if it is already written, if every word breaks the silent contact it demands of us? To write is to prolong and reveal a captive meaning in things.