chapter  4
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Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Maurice Merleau-Ponty was born in 1908. Like Sartre, he was a student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and a school teacher before he became a university professor. Unlike Sartre, however, his professional career assumed a fairly orthodox course, culminating in his appointment to a chair at the most prestigious of France’s academic institutions, the Collège de France. MerleauPonty’s early death in 1961 cut short a life which surely had more to contribute to philosophy, in particular, the completion of his last work, The Visible and the Invisible.