Between psychology and philosophy
A review of Thinking and Doing by Moshe Feldenkrais
My methodology in this review is to provide philosophical reflection on aspects of Thinking and Doing that speak to the association between Moshe Feldenkrais and the Method that he spent a lifetime developing. This reflective method is particularly appropriate, since as with few other disciplines, Feldenkrais the person, and the development of his Method exploring the physical basis of human conscious experience, are so intertwined. Tracing the conscious and unconscious influences on Feldenkrais’ development is akin to determining the “phenomenological clues” (Leitfaden), which point back to various modes of consciousness (Zaner 1981:173). Reviewing Thinking and Doing with hindsight knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method is a bit like the detective who starts off with the clear knowledge of the villain, but who still needs to retrace the actual course of events leading to the fatal murder. (See, in this Volume of the Feldenkrais Research Journal, Sondra Fraleigh’s application of the detective storyboard to examine her own unique approach to teaching EastWest Somatics influenced by the Feldenkrais Method.) In what follows I provide a philosophical reflection on some clues regarding the Feldenkrais Method in relation to the publication of Thinking and Doing.