From a wikipedia potted account:
Consciousness, the world, and the human body as a perceiving thing are intricately intertwined and mutually ‘engaged’.
The phenomenal thing is not the unchanging object of the natural sciences, but a correlate of our body and its sensory functions. Taking up and coinciding with the sensible qualities it encounters, the body as incarnated subjectivity intentionally reconstructs things within an ever-present world frame, through use of its pre-conscious, pre-predicative understanding of the world’s make-up. Things are that upon which our body has a grip, while the grip itself is a function of our connaturality with the world’s things.
Note that last one: we see what we see by virtue of what we are. How would you cross-reference that alignment of view in your website????
This guy sounds interesting, but jargon ridden. Again, I’m only quoting wikipedia, but this is bad:
The essential partiality of our view of things, their being given only in a certain perspective and at a certain moment in time does not diminish their reality, but on the contrary establishes it, as there is no other way for things to be co-present with us and with other things than through such “Abschattung” (Shading). The thing transcends our view, but is reaffirmed by the perspective from which that view is seen. The object of perception is immanently tied to its background–to the nexus of meaningful relations between objects within the world. Because the object is inextricably within the world of meaningful relations, each object reflects the other (much in the style of Leibniz’s monads).
But this is interesting:
Critics have remarked that while Merleau-Ponty makes a great effort to break away from Cartesian dualism, in the end the “Phenomenology of Perception” still starts out from the opposition of consciousness and its objects. Merleau-Ponty himself also acknowledged this, and in his later work proceeded from a standpoint of unity, replacing notions that still centre on the subject by notions of “Being” and the essential reversibility of seeing and being visible.
Being near the phenomenologists makes me nervous.