Alphonso Lingis on Merleau-Ponty: consciousness as movement-directed

A special issue of the rather fantastic Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature [disclosure: I have an article coming out in the next issue] devoted to Alphonso Lingis has material including an interview a short original article, and the text of a public address. The article, ‘The Weight of Reality’, has his usual mixture of…

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…

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…

The after-life of phenomenology

Months ago I was invited to speak at an event in a seminar series at Northwestern University, Illinois. The title of the series: The After-life of Phenomenology. So how could I refuse? So on October 27th I flew out to deliver the paper. It turns out there aren’t many phenomenologists there any more, but some…

The Philosopher’s Magazine: Touch

A couple of years ago Julian Baggini, author of a large number of popular philosophy books and the editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine  asked me to contribute an essay for a special issue on the senses. Obviously I would be writing on touch. The link is posted here because it works as an overview of some…

Experience and Erlebnis

The pragmatist and writer Richard Sennett, in the conclusion to his book The Craftsman (2008), revisits Heideggerian language to write about the kinds of experience involved in crafting and shaping materials: Philosophically, pragmatism has argued that to work well people need freedom from means-ends relationships. Underlying this philosophical conviction is a concept that, I think,…

Rancière Interview

As mentioned in yesterday’s Innovation-based Reading Group discussion, Ranciere – Politics-Aesthetics Interview (Angelaki) conducted between Peter Hallward (until a few days ago a European Philosophy Prof at Middlesex, until the whole department was effectively shut down…) and Rancière which appeared a few years ago in one of my favourite journals, Angelaki. It is a readable…