Merleau-Ponty and child psychology: analyses on Wallon's psychogenesis

In this paper we discuss the philosopher Merleau-Ponty#039;s analyses of Henri Wallon#039;s psychogenesis theories. We focus on courses Merleau-Ponty dedicated to child psychology between 1949 and 1952. According to the philosopher, the individual#039;s distinction between the world and the other, along the psychogenesis, is never finished. Childhood is never radically liquidated, due to the mere fact that we do not give up our bodily condition, our ability to retrieve the other people and things#039; conducts and physiognomic expressions. Merleau-Ponty finds indications in that sense in Wallon#039;s theories, mainly in the concepts of syncretic sociability and ultra-things.

Phenomenology; psychogenesis; Wallon


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