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 Fortieth Annual Conference of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle will be held at Worcester Polytechic Institute, Worcester, MA. The conference dates are October 1 - 3, 2015 and the theme of the conference is "The 21st Century Body: Thinking Merleau-Ponty In and Out of Time." The conference is directed by Prof. Jennifer McWeeny. The keynote speakers will include Etienne Bimbenet, University of Lyon 3, France and Sean Kelly, Harvard University. The conference website is:





    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