Introduction II An Apology Concerning the Importance of the Geography of Imagination

‘Sensibility’ is an attitudinal attunement arising through the lived-body’s (the experiential body) interrelational structurings. It irrupts as a primogenital moment of perception involving gestural responses (meanings) enacting a situated embodiment. These precognitive meanings are the genetic source for intellectual, moral, and aesthetic meanings of human consciousness. Through the sensuosity of a work of art, sensibilities provide for the experience of an imaginative world. Meanings of sensuosity arise through enacting “the feel of” a work of art established in the interrelation of the lived-body and the work. Sensibility is a precognitive evaluative moment that prestructures cognitive meanings. Cognitive meanings only meet “the given” on the basis of these embodied precognitive interrelational structurings. To say this in other ways: matter is already pregnant with form; geographicity, the spatializing/spatialized moment of all phenomena, is always meaningful. Sensibility concerns the primogenital source of valuation in embodied experience, which through an attunement of conscious awareness, comes to be expressible in symbolic levels of consciousness.


Perceptual Experience Aesthetic Experience Body Schema Perceptual Field Spatial Moment 
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  1. 1.Loyola College in MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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