Touch & the Sense of Reality
This paper explores the phenomenology of touch. Philosophical discussions of perception are generally vision-centric. Despite this, some philosophers have indicated that touch is, in some way, a more fundamental mode of access to the world. By drawing critically upon work by Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Hans Jonas, I develop a position of this kind. I argue that touch is partly constitutive of a background sense of reality and belonging that other forms of sensory experience presuppose.
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