Merleau - Ponty Circle of JAPAN メルロ=ポンティ・サークル

About us

The Circle was founded in 1993 by a group of scholars especially concerned with Merleau-Ponty’s thought. At present we have more than 150 members. Besides holding annual conferences in autumn, we issue Les études merleau-pontiennes, the journal of our society every year. We have been making a database of theses, papers, and books concerning Merleau-Ponty and keeping in close contact with Merleau-Ponty scholars in France, the United States, Italy, and other countries in the world.

We welcome not only philosophers who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of Merleau-Ponty’s writings but also individuals from various disciplines who are interested in his work.

Our General Policy① Beginning in 1995, the Circle meet annually. The location of the meeting changes from year to year.
② The Circle issues Les études merleau-pontiennes, the official journal of the Merleau-Ponty Circle of Japan once a year. As of the 21st issue of the journal, only electronic editions will be available. The members will also receive the newsletter of Merleau-Ponty Circle of Japan.
③ The Circle will select and award The MPCJ Prize. This prize will be awarded annually for the best essay or book on any topic that is relevant to Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy.
④ The Circle will publish collected papers or translations related to Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy.
⑤ The Merleau-Ponty Circle of Japan cooperates with Merleau-Ponty scholars in France, the U.S., Italy, and other countries in the world.


① The annual conference shall include a “business meeting”, which is open to any member that is attending the conference. The purpose of this meeting shall be to transact all business of importance concerning the Circle. All motions shall be carried by majority vote of those present.
② Other items of business shall be discussed in other business meetings open to any member that is attending them, and determined by majority vote of those present.
③ If there is any difficulty in holding a business meeting, it shall be held online, which is open to any member of this Circle.
④ In regard to the annual conference, the members responsible to organize them at the host university shall discuss issues concerning the conference and make decisions. As regards the publication of the journals, the chief editor shall consult with other members and make decisions.
⑤ Membership in the Circle is unrestricted. The only requirement is interest in Merleau-Ponty’s thought.
⑥ Membership costs 3,000 yen for full-time lecturers for one year or 2,000 yen for other kinds of members for one year.