Merleau-Ponty—Embodiment + vision

"The visible world and the world of my motor projects are both total parts of the same Being. 

This extraordinary overlapping, which we never give enough thought to, forbids us to conceive of vision as an operation of thought that would set up before the mind a picture or a representation of the world, a world of immanence and of ideality. Immersed in the visible by his body, itself visible, the see-er does not appropriate what he sees; he merely approaches it by looking, he opens onto the world. And for its part, that world of which he is a part is not in itself, or matter."

Page Number: 
P. 161
Bibliographic Reference: 
Merleau-Ponty, M. “Eye and mind.” The primacy of perception (1964): 159–190.