(2014) Husserl Studies 30 (3).


analyses, elaborations, and implications

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone

pp. 247-268

This article highlights a neglected, if not wholly overlooked, topic in phenomenology, a topic central to Husserl's writings on animate organism, namely, animation. Though Husserl did not explore animation to the fullest in his descriptions of animate organism, his texts are integral to the task of fathoming animation. The article's introduction focuses on seminal aspects of animate organisms found within several such texts and elaborates their significance for a phenomenological understanding of animation. The article furthermore highlights Husserl's pointed recognition of "the problem of movement," movement being an essential dimension of animation if not definitive of animation itself. Succeeding sections testify to "the problem of movement" and the need to address it. They do so by answering the following basic questions: What indeed is livingly present in the experience of movement, whether our own movement and the movement of other animate beings, or the movement of leaves, clouds, and so on? What distinguishes kinesthetic from kinetic experiences of movement? How are movement and time related? Just what is the problem of movement and how do we address it? In what way is movement pertinent to receptivity and responsivity? Throughout these sections the article encompasses phenomenological analyses, elaborations, and implications of animation.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10743-014-9156-y

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Sheets-Johnstone, M. (2014). Animation: analyses, elaborations, and implications. Husserl Studies 30 (3), pp. 247-268.

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