- Adviser of Studies (Arts College Academic and Student Administration)
- Senior Lecturer (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute)
R503 Level 5
George Service House
Glasgow G12 8QJ
My research is primarily in the area of hermeneutic philosophy with strong links to the phenomenological method. My first significant work was concerned with instantiating a Kantian metaphysics in an artificial system to produce a conscious artifact. In this respect I worked with other cognitive scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and engineers, but it was only on beginning my work on the kinaesthetic underpinning of the productive imagination in Kant, that I realised I needed to rethink my method. This has led me back to phenomenology, to intersubjectivity, lifeworld, and affective neuroscience, and to the development of my own theory of enkinaesthesia: the reciprocally affective neuro- muscular dynamical flows and muscle tensions that are felt between co-participating agents with their world.
My aim is to revise metaphysics in light of a transcendental condition, enkinaesthesia, which must exist if experience is to be possible. This work has huge implications in a range of fields including quite broadly the behavioural sciences, and more narrowly: pre-linguistic dialogue (working with Eugene Gendlin's Focusing work and the Distributed Language Group); medicine in terms of health and well-being, and in particular, understanding the basis for disorders of mental health, studies of empathy, therapy and counselling; the pragmatics of perception of and engagement with technology and media; and machine consciousness - its impossibility! (working with the International Machine Consciousness and Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architecture communities). It also provides an alternative way of interpreting the world and doing science; so, rather than assuming a world of states and substances, we assume a world of events and processes. This, in itself, is not altogether new, but enkinaesthesia provides a further reason for accepting it to be the central and most successful metaphysics. In this way we won't use science to explain the world, but enkinaesthetic metaphysical structures to explain science.