The Merleau-Ponty Circle



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Bibliography This link contains a bibliography of primary sources written by Merleau-Ponty. To see a current bibliography of secondary source writings on Merleau-Ponty as well as to submit your own scholarly entries, go to:


  • The Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle will be held at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. The conference dates are August 28 - 30, 2014 and the theme of the conference is "Adversity and Creation." The conference is directed by Prof. Stefan Kristensen. The keynote speakers will be Vivian Sobchack (UCLA) and Gottfried Boehm (Basel). For the paper submission deadline and further information Click Here. The conference website can be found Here.


  • The Merleau-Ponty CIrcle is organizing two sessions as part of the June 19-21, 2014 "Diverse Lineages of Existentialism" conference in St. Louis, MO, USA. If you would like to be a panelist in one of the MP Circle sessions, please submit a paper of no longer than 3,500 words, preferably related to the overall conference theme, to Prof. Gail Weiss by January 6, 2014. Acceptances for the two MP Circle sessions will be announced by mid-February 2014.


    Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies concerning the Thought of Merleau-Ponty

    Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)

    The Merleau-Ponty Circle of Japan


    The International Merleau-Ponty Circle is a loosely knit organization of students, teachers, and scholars interested in the thought of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It convenes once a year, usually in September, at various colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. During this annual three day conference, philosophers, psychologists, historians, social scientists, health care specialists, political theorists, etc. present papers on different aspects of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy. From time to time, collections of these papers are published.

    Membership in the Circle is unrestricted; the only requirement is interest in Merleau-Ponty's work.
    Send membership requests to the Circle's General Secretary, Galen A. Johnson, Professor of Philosophy (University of Rhode Island) to be added to the membership listserv. People on the listserv receive e-mailings of all conference announcements and programs, calls for papers, and the annual newsletter.

    There are approximately 750 members in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. There are no membership dues, although there are registration fees for the annual conference.

    For further information:
    Contact either the General Secretary, Galen A. Johnson, or the Associate General Secretary, Leonard Lawler, Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University at