As the book progressed, the original idea of a quirky history with some cross-over readership started to mutate into something more historically and philosophically consistent. My reading around Descartes and Locke especially added some necessary epistemological context, whilst a recent translation of an essay by Grosrichard (originally in Cahiers pour L'Analyse) where the Molyneux Question is... Continue Reading →

Upcoming talk at CIQR, Duquesne University: ‘On inner touch and the moving body’

Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR -- "seeker": http://www.duq.edu/ciqr/) Date: December 5 (Thurs.), 4:30-6:00, Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University Update: A video of the talk is available on the Duquesne website and can be streamed here Abstract: A series of neurological findings in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries began to chart sensations... Continue Reading →

‘Reading with the fingers. Blindness, sensory substitution, and the possibilities for tactile communication’

After a call for papers for a special issue 'Sensorium Commune' of the journal Communications, edited by Marie-Luce Girard and Olivier Sorost, I didn't realize what a fascinating journal it was. Not a straightforward 'communications' journal in the American sense, it was set up by Roland Barthes and others in France in the 1960s. Some... Continue Reading →

Paper accepted for SPHS 2013 on ‘motricity’ in Merleau-Ponty

The Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (SPHS), whose conference runs after SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), have accepted my paper on concepts of movement in Merleau-Ponty. The paper is entitled: The ‘handmaid of consciousness’? On the role of early neurophysiology in Merleau-Ponty’s motricity.  Merleau-Ponty's concept of bodily movement in Phenomenology of... Continue Reading →

Time-geography and touch

From Hägerstrand's "Action in the Physical Everyday World" (in Cliff et al., Eds, Diffusing Geography: Essays after Peter Haggett) "Touch -- or contact -- is the most fundamental and general relation we encounter, directly with the body and indirectly by experiencing its importance in the living and non-living world around us." We cannot argue with... Continue Reading →

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