Speakers

Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor

 

Amanda is currently in the first year of her Ph.D. at the University of Durham. Her research examines the role of relatedness and alienation in interpersonal understanding. It encompasses many disciplines including philosophy of mind, phenomenology, psychopathology and developmental psychology to re-examine the current theories of interpersonal understanding. She also completed both her Masters (2006-2007) in Durham, her thesis title being ‘A Hermeneutical Account of Interpersonal Understanding.’

 

"Fleshing out Relations: The Importance of Affective Embodied Interaction for Interpersonal Understanding"

This paper establishes the central role which bodily responsiveness plays in constituting a sense of relatedness between interlocutors. Firstly, I explore how affective bodily responsiveness contributes to interpersonal understanding, after which I move onto characterise how this bodily responsiveness helps define a particular type of space in which interpersonal encounters take place and though which they are shaped and directed. In outlining this, I show how consideration of embodiment is important for accounting for how we relate to others in conceptions of interpersonal understanding.