Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy as a whole is a serious engagement with what it means to be embodied.
It is possible, therefore, to see the philosophical resources he sets out in terms of a philosophy of
incarnation. I suggest that this philosophical inquiry lends itself to doing some careful work inside a
theological inquiry which is oriented towards the doctrine of Incarnation. Problems that Merleau-
Ponty discovered in his own early work, and that he sets about correcting in his late philosophy,
point to two major thematics which have considerable theological implications. Firstly, the status of
the metaphysical framework in which we set ‘incarnation’. Secondly, of the way in which
conceptual resources develop out of incarnate life. This paper places a careful unpacking of
philosophical inquiry in dialogue with a theological one to show not only the usefulness of such
dialogue but also the difficulties surrounding any attempt to do theological work without careful
philosophical work within it. It is the kind of work philosophical inquiry does for theology that is
crucial. This paper hopes to show one way that this might occur.