Comment: Merleau-Ponty and the Fundamental Faith

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Merleau-Ponty and the Fundamental Faith

The French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty understood faith, not as religious faith, but as perceptual faith to be fundamental in our being-in-the-world, that is, in our way of being. This perceptual faith he also called 'a fundamental faith' as everything is based on it. This fundamental faith, or perceptual faith, is that "there is something" (his book The Visible and the Invisible, p. 105) or "there is always something confronting [us]" (his book Phenomenology of Perception, p. 328).

You write that "We all recognize that faith in our senses is in fact faith." But I would say following Merleau-Ponty that actually our senses as the perceptual organs of the living body are themselves already in a constant state of faith. Our faith on them is secondary faith on the fundamental/perceptual faith which is always primordial faith that 'there is something' or 'there is the world'.

But the question concerning if "logic requires faith" is question of definitions in a sense that there are different kinds of logics. The logic in a traditional manner definitely requires faith, but in a more original manner it could be said that logos as logic can be understood also as the primordial gathering of the world (Martin Heidegger has written much about it) which is the presupposition of what we normally call logic. In this more primordial manner of understanding logic as the primordial logos we could call it following Merleau-Ponty a "perceptual logos" or a "nascent logos" which would mean that this primordial logos is the logos of perception, that is, the logos of fundamental faith. This primordial perceptual logos Merleau-Ponty calls also, for example, with a Stoic term "logos endiathetos". (The Visible and the Invisible, p. 170)

So what is the so called primordial logic of fundamental/perceptual faith? Are the perceptual logos and the perceptual faith synonymous?

Merleau-Ponty: The Visible and the Invisible

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