Expression and The Structure of Behaviour
I summarise some of Merleau-Ponty’s ideas, and then outline concepts from Donald Landes’ book is organised (including concepts taken from Gilbert Simondon). Then I talk about Merleau-Ponty’s The Structure of Behaviour, and Landes’ understanding of it, before offering some comments. First, I suggest that there may be a tension between Merleau-Ponty’s emphasis upon perception and Simondon’s philosophy. Second, by incorporating Simondon’s notion of being as problematic, we can develop an account of bodily behaviour that is a marked improvement on Hubert Dreyfus’s interpretation of Merleau-Ponty, which over-emphasises the achievement of smooth equilibriums.