Enkinaesthesia: proto-moral value in action-enquiry and interaction

Stuart, S. A.J. (2018) Enkinaesthesia: proto-moral value in action-enquiry and interaction. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 17(2), pp. 411-431. (doi: 10.1007/s11097-017-9509-z)

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It is now generally accepted that human beings are naturally, possibly even essentially, intersubjective. This chapter offers a robust defence of an enhanced and extended intersubjectivity, criticising the paucity of individuating notions of agency and emphasising the community and reciprocity of our affective co-existence with other living organisms and things. I refer to this modified intersubjectivity, which most closely expresses the implicit intricacy of our pre-reflective neuro-muscular experiential entanglement, as ‘enkinaesthesia’. The community and reciprocity of this entanglement is characterised as dialogical, and in this dialogue, as part of our anticipatory preparedness, we have a capacity for intentional transgression, feeling our way with our world but, more particularly, co-feeling our way with the mind and intentions of the other. Thus we are, not so much ‘mind’-reading, as ‘mind’-feeling, and it is through this enkinaesthetic ‘mind’-feeling dialogue that values-realising activity originates and we uncover the deep roots of morality.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stuart, Dr Susan
Authors: Stuart, S. A.J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
ISSN (Online):1572-8676
Published Online:07 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 17(2): 411-431
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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