the research

In my research in Philosophy I specialize in the question of identity, selfhood, praxis, and the body. The specific fields are continental philosophy, somatics/feldenkrais, political theory/micropolitics, and whistleblowing/truth-telling. In my investigations, I employ theoretical analysis and critique, and when required I combine these methods with empirical studies. My interest centers largely on how humanistic theories of practice, somatics, and identity can be brought together in productive ways.

My research on phenomenology, late modern, and postmodern philosophy, focused on the effort for overcoming the subject-centered view that dominated Western thought throughout modernity. The objective was to understand how the traditional subject has been de-centered, and how, through this process, a constructivist view of subjectivity took shape within the parameters of practice and language.

My current research aims to answer questions such as: How do we become who we are? What are the practices that shape us and give us an identity? Is our existential status similar to that of marionettes who are constituted and moved by forces – either random or purposeful – that are out there, beyond our will and control? Or are we autonomous and free to forge ourselves willfully? Are these two poles of a spectrum? and if so, how can we move along it?

During this inquiry the body has drawn many of my efforts, trying to elucidate what is its significance in the equation, how is the body related to the self. In this regard, I have studied how the human body is shaped by culture, by the practices that we engage in, by the gaze of other people on us, by the images projected by the electronic and the social media, as well as by the spaces that we inhabit.

Practicing the Feldenkrais Method (FM), both as a trainee and as a teacher, and becoming aware of the power of self-healing and self-change ingrained in the method, have added a new facet to this inquiry. The idea of a practice – a somatic method – that disrupts and revivifies patterns of movements, their sensorial layers, and the self-image, is indeed intriguing.

In my forthcoming book, The Power of Self-Transformation: The Feldenkrais Method, I describe how does the FM generates self-changes by analyzing its main principles, and by showing how they are staged in the practice of the method. The aim is to give a cohesive picture of the power of change of an exemplary somatic practice, while at the same time offering a pedagogical tool for practitioners and students of the method.

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