... or, to put it differently: to what extent has Husserl already ancitipated in his unpublished writings what Merleau-Ponty has been developing later?
The standard narrative goes that Husserl remained an idealist (and dualist) throughout his life and that Merleau-Ponty is far more importantly influenced by Heidegger, but tried to downplay that influence because of the latter's involvement with Nazism. I guess this would be more or less the position of Martin Dillon, Hubert Dreyfus, Charles Taylor, Gary Madison, or Philip Dwyer.
On the other hand, Merleau-Ponty did read many of Husserl's unpublished manuscripts, and (given Husserl's own late claim that his unpublished papers contain far more of what he envisioned for phenomenology compared to what has been published during his lifetime) has claimed to have been trying to follow what Husserl has laid out in these. Dan Zahavi, Natalie Depraz, Shaun Gallagher, and contributors to Toadvine and Embree (2002), seem to be more inclined to agree on that version.
Given that a lot of Husserl's unpublished writings have been now published or made accessible, and given that a lot has been written about Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology, can we draw any conclusions so far as to what seems to be more or less likely? Where did Merleau-Ponty follow Husserl, where did the two part ways? To what extent did Husserl indeed break with his former positions at the time when Crisis was published?
I would be especially interested in the intention/attention/perception complex and the Lebenswelt. Perception is, of course, the central theme for M-P, but it seems that Husserl was rather similar, although some claim that since Husserl didn't have being-in-the-world, he remained an intellectualist (Dreyfus, Dillon). Lebenswelt, on the other hand, is a term that is rareley used by M-P but I still don't know how M-P differs here from Husserl especially since his notion of the pre-objective seems to be directly borrowed from Huserl (pre-predicative).
Any ideas and suggestions for readings, especially newer publications that support one or the other position will be appreciated.