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 →

Deleule and Guéry: The Productive Body

Thanks to Stewart Elden's very impressive Progressive Geographies blog, he is more aware than most about what's in the publishing pipeline. Deleule and Guéry's book The Productive Body (1972) has a brand new translation, published only a few days ago, and this is exciting for a number of reasons. Firstly, their book is mentioned by... Continue Reading →

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

Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR -- "seeker": 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 →

“On ‘inner touch’ and the moving body”

A book chapter "On 'inner touch' and the moving body: aisthesis, kinaesthesis and aesthetics" has just been published in the edited collection Touching and Being Touched: Kinesthesia and Empathy in Dance and Movement (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2013). The chapter is one of the first pieces of work within my current 'sensory-motor' project and the book includes work by scholars... 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 →

“Looking on darkness, which the blind do see”: Blindness, Empathy, and Feeling Seeing

The next issue of the journal Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature has an article taken from research for a chapter on my book on blindness. Called '“Looking on darkness, which the blind do see”: Blindness, Empathy, and Feeling Seeing' it appears in a special issue on 'Blindness', 46.3. Look out for it... Continue Reading →

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... 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 →

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... Continue Reading →

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