In this text, we seek to clarify the complex relationship that Merleau-Ponty maintains with the philosophy of Hegel in his work. Distinguishing three textual strata, we show that the Merleau-Pontian critique of Hegel is really aimed at notions of the end of history, notably at Sartre and a certain orthodox communism, but that Merleau-Ponty also recognizes the deeply equivocal character of Hegelian philosophy and goes so far as to rethink his own “hyperdialectic” in a fruitful dialogue with Hegel. A profoundly relevant and original philosophy of history and notion of politics thereby take shape.

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