The book addresses Merleau-Ponty’s so-called ontology of the flesh, a rather obscure expression that the book explains in depth by drawing from Merleau-Ponty’s lecture courses, published in the last years. In light of these publications, the book shows the importance and the novelty of Merleau-Ponty’s later philosophy, which until recently has been seldom addressed in its entirety. Thanks to the knowledge of the whole range of Merleau-Ponty’s now published and of the still unpublished texts, and a scholarship acquired through more than 20 years spent working on these themes, the author of the book is able to offer a ground-breaking interpretation of one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century, whose philosophical relevance is now widely acknowledged both in Europe and the USA, and whose scholarship is fast growing, while at the same time still lacking an overall systematic assessment, which this book aims to provide.

Luca Vanzago, Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at Pavia University, Italy. Member of the Merleau-Ponty Circle, of the Process Thought International Society, of the Italian Society for the Study of Merleau-Ponty and Member of the board of several international philosophical journals.