“It is our ‘bodily’ intentionality which brings the possibility of meaning into our experience by ensuring that its content, the things presented in experience, are surrounded with references to the past and future, to other places and other things, to human possibilities and situations.”



Human beings are embodied creatures perceiving the world through experience, in a sort of dialog, an ongoing negotiation with all they encounter. To make this clear, Merleau-Ponty returns the idea of consciousness to the body and distinguishes experience by confronting the question of “sense experience” (Melreau-Ponty 60). Merleau-Ponty states, “Empiricism” has “emptied” sense experience “of all mystery … moving far from the ordinary acceptation of the word” (66).