Vol. 41 No. 1 (2021): The body and its surplus

The Adventures of the Body. Towards a “new ontology” with Merleau-Ponty

Enrica Lisciani-Petrini
Università di Salerno
Teoria, vol 41, issue 1, 2021, cover

Published 2021-06-25


  • Body,
  • Merleau-Ponty,
  • Subject,
  • New ontology,
  • Phenomenology

How to Cite

Lisciani-Petrini, E. (2021). The Adventures of the Body. Towards a “new ontology” with Merleau-Ponty. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 41(1), 189–207. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v41i1.126


The present paper analyses the process of reassessing the body’s topic, which began at the beginning of the nineteenth century and has developed along a ridge up to the present day. It is an essential process because the awareness that the body reveals, in an unprejudiced analysis, overturns a series of past categories, starting with a classic idea of “subject”. The author who, more than any other, offers fundamental contributions in this sense is Merleau-Ponty, for whom the “rehabilitation of the sensitive”, produced by reflection on the body, “upsets the usual idea of the world” and leads to a
“new ontology”