What’s a chiasm?

Merleau-Ponty uses this term to describe the inevitable and inextricable intertwining of consciousness with being. The phenomenological challenge he undertakes is to describe this mutual imbrication of selves and the world.
There is a medical reference, the optic chiasm, and a literary reference. Most simply, it means “an intersection or crossing of two tracts in the form of the letter X”, and is reference to form.

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