LX:1 | Intentional Arc

Let us therefore say rather, borrowing a term from other works, that the life of consciousness - cognitive life, the life of desire or perceptual life - is subtended by an ‘intentional arc’ which projects round about us our past, our future, our human setting, our physical, ideological and moral situation, or rather which results in our being situated in all these respects. It is this intentional arc which brings about the unity of the senses, of intelligence, of sensibility and motility. (157)


Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Phenomenology of Perception.  Trans. Colin Smith.  Routledge 2005. 

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The Philosopher; Le Monde Perçu; If Photography Tends to the Literary; A Fundamental Quality of an Act; Freedom and Self-Emergence; Training of the Self By Oneself

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