Practical Phenomenology

Does Practical Somaesthetics have a Parallel in Phenomenology?


  • Carsten Friberg


This article focuses on whether a practical phenomenology that is similar to practical somaesthetics can be found. Phenomenology and somaesthetics both have an interest in the body as well as feelings, perceptions, and presence in the world. Thus, the question here is whether this leads to practice suggestions in the former such as those in the latter. However, while the short answer is largely negative, there may prove to be more of a difference between them in terms of what can be expected from the practical dimension than an absence of practice in phenomenology. Furthermore, I believe both disciplines provide insufficient answers regarding the practical dimension and should consequently now consider aesthetics.