The Wonder of the World: Merleau-Ponty, Cézanne, and the Meaning of Painting

Thursday, November 29, 2018,

Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Throughout his brief but brilliant career, the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty maintained an intense interest in painting, and especially in the painting of Paul Cézanne. Merleau-Ponty saw Cézanne as a fellow explorer in the primordial land of perception, a pioneer in the archaeology of the visible world. This talk explores Merleau-Ponty’s philosophical interest in the “mute thinking” of painting against the background of the contemporary explosion of scientific and technical knowledge and the steady erosion of the place of the arts and humanities in the education landscape in the United States and beyond.

Educator William Drea “Bro” Adams, tenth Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and nineteenth President of Colby College, will return to campus to present his scholarship.

This lecture is cosponsored by Colby’s Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Colby Museum, and the Art Department.

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