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Sensory Foundations of Perception and the Philosophical Tasks of the Arts

In his two well-known essays on visual arts, Cézanne's Doubt (1945) and The Eye and the Mind (1961), Maurice Merleau-Ponty argues that art has a philosophical task in the radically critical inspection of perception and its foundations. This article explicates Merleau-Ponty's argument and its phe­no­me­no­logical starting point in Husserl's concept of feeling as inseparably intertwined with sensation. Mo­reover the article develops Merleau-Ponty's idea of art and its philosophical task further by discussing how the other arts – literature, music and dance – relate to perception and sensation. In particular, the paper argues that dance art has a philosophical role in the investigation of the foundations of perception in kinaesthetic and tactile sensations.

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