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PERIUS, Cristiano. The definition of phenomenology: Merleau-Ponty as reader of Husserl. Trans/Form/Ação [online]. 2012, vol.35, n.1, pp.137-146. ISSN 0101-3173.

The task of defining phenomenology, ever since The Phenomenology of Perception, has induced a taking of sides with regard to who the true father of phenomenology is. The critique of Husserl's idealism, the role of ambiguity, the impossibility of complete reduction, among other great themes, personalizes the phenomenology of  Merleau-Ponty in relation to that of his master. The object of this article is to show how, in his description of the "phenomenological method", Merleau-Ponty moves away from the fundamental concepts of Husserl without ceasing to continually return to them.

Keywords : Merleau-Ponty; Husserl; phenomenology.

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