1st Edition

Practicing Embodied Thinking in Research and Learning

    264 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book delves into the embodied ground of thinking, illuminating the transition from theorizing about the embodied mind to actively practicing embodied thinking in research, teaching and learning. The authors speak from immersing themselves in novel methods that engage the felt, experiential dimensions of cognition in inquiry.

    The turn to embodiment has sparked the development of new methodologies within phenomenology, pragmatism, and cognitive science. Drawing on Eugene Gendlin's philosophical work on felt understanding, and Francesco Varela's enactivist approach, contributors explore innovative embodied thinking methods such as Focusing, Thinking at the Edge, micro-phenomenology, and mindfulness practices. They demonstrate the practical applications of these methods in research, teaching, and learning, highlighting their liberating and empowering potential for researchers and students. In an age marked by information overload and societal polarization, methods of embodied thinking provide an innovative edge to critique, complementing more traditional approaches to critical thinking with listening skills and reflexive care.

    This book shows how heeding the essential, yet often overlooked, embodied grounds of critical and creative thinking can deepen and strengthen each of research, teaching and learning. It will interest philosophers of education and educators in higher education in particular, as well as researchers and postgraduate students from philosophy, and the cognitive and social sciences, who are curious about how embodied thinking can enrich research, teaching and learning.

    1. The Leap: the creative and liberatory potential of embodied thinking
    Donata Schoeller, Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir and Greg Walkerden


    2. Transformative and responsive power: potentials of embodied thinking
    Donata Schoeller

    3. Vitalizing Critical Thinking: Embodied Critical Thinking in a Philosophical Context
    Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir and Elsa Haraldsdóttir

    4. Sensing and thinking from within: Aesthetic perception and embodied thinking
    Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir


    5. Thinking at the Edge and the Production of Knowledge
    Kevin C. Krycka

    6. In search of relational imagination: An auto-ethnographic journey through training in Embodied Critical Thinking
    Katrin Heimann and Dorothe Bach

    7. Refreshing the relationship to research and expanding its meaning: On the use of the TAE process in a micro-phenomenological research project
    Magali Ollagnier-Beldame and Véronique Servais


    8. Micro-phenomenology as coming into contact with experience: subtilization, surprises and liberation
    Claire Petitmengin

    9. Understanding experience as ethically sensitive action
    Toma Strle and Urban Kordeš

    10. Multidimensional Mindfulness Trainings and Methods of Embodied Thinking in Universities of the 21st Century
    Mike Sandbothe, Reyk Albrecht and Thomas Corrinth


    11. Focusing on Emotions in Climate Education: A Felt Sense of the Climate
    Ole Martin Sandberg

    12. Embodied Critical Thinking and Environmental Embeddedness: The Sensed Knots of Knowledge
    Anne Sauka

    13. Focusing in the School of Architecture: An account of introducing and integrating focusing into the design studio at the Technion
    Ram Eisenberg

    14. Learning to catalyse socio-ecological change: reflective practice experiments
    Greg Walkerden

    15. Disciplined thinking, sensuous wisdom
    Donata Schoeller, Greg Walkerden and Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir


    Donata Schoeller is Research Professor, Philosophy, at the University of Iceland, Iceland.

    Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir is Professor of Philosophy, University of Iceland, Iceland.

    Greg Walkerden is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Macquarie School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia.