The Articulation of Enkinaesthetic Entanglement, a Crag talk by Dr Susan Stuart
Crag Seminar 2015-2016
14 October 2015
50 George Square
The University of Edinburgh
17.30 to 18.30
I will present an argument for the necessary co-articulation of meaning within our felt enkinaesthetic engagement with our world. ‘Enkinaesthesia’ refers to the living, breathing community and reciprocity of affective co-engagement, a co-engagement we can think of in terms of the reciprocally affective neuro-muscular dynamical flows and muscle tensions that are felt and enfolded between co-participating agents and objects. The argument will be developed through a series of stages, the first of which will be an elaboration of the notion of articulation of and through the body. This will be followed by an examination of enkinaesthetic experiential entanglement and the role it plays in rendering our world meaningful and our actions values-realising. At this stage I will begin to extend Husserl’s notion of intentional transgression to the enkinaesthetic sphere of lived experience, and in support of this claim I will examine the theoretical and practical work of osteopathic manual listening [Gens & Roche 2014] and the ‘felt sense’ in focusing [Gendlin] which makes possible a shift from a somatic articulation to a semantic, and potentially conceptual, one. Throughout, my position will be compatible with Merleau-Ponty’s claim that “Whenever I try to understand myself, the whole fabric of the perceptible world comes too, and with it comes the others who are caught in it.” [Merleau-Ponty 1964a, p.15].
Susan A. J. Stuart is a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Her research is primarily in the area of hermeneutic philosophy with strong links to the phenomenological method. Her work centres on developing the notion of enkinaesthesia: the reciprocally affective neuro-muscular dynamical flows and muscle tensions that are felt and enfolded between co-participating agents, and felt, though not reciprocated, in our engagement with non-agential things. Her aim is to revise metaphysics in light of this transcendental condition, enkinaesthesia, which must exist if conscious experience is to be possible. Her work provides an alternative way of interpreting the world and doing science; thus, instead of using science to explain the world, the enkinaesthetic field of lived experience can be used to explain science and situate the grounds of our moral discourse.
Read the full paper here: Articulating Enkinaesthetic Entanglement