Phenomenology 2005

Volume 5, Issue Part 1, 2007

Selected Essays from North America Part 1

Elizabeth A. Behnke
Pages 67-97

Bodily Relationality
An Experiment in Phenomenological Practice (VII)

Bodily relationality is such a rich field for phenomenological research that a preliminary survey is required in order to distinguish its multifarious modes. This essay sketches some possible themes and approaches, eventually arriving at a provisional description of some basic structures of interkinaesthetic relationality before following the lead of the Romanian phenomenologist Alexandru Dragomir in turning to an even more fundamental structure—namely, our embodied engagement with the here and now. After suggesting some ways in which to cultivate a more open, flexible style of bodily relationality, the essay concludes with a ten-point summary of key findings regarding bodily relationality.