Commuting Bodies Move, Creatively
PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture
In this paper, I sketch out the way our bodies are engaged while commuting in order to elucidate several key aspects of the bodily experience of "in-between-ness." I discover that within the rhythm and movement of the in-between, our bodies can open to a specific kind of conceptual creativity—an insight that I unfold in reference to the unanticipated innovation and transformation that accompanies other bodily experiences of in-between-ness more generally. This sketch, however, also demands that
... I reflect on phenomenological methodology, and our ontological presuppositions about the "things" that we intend to "go back to." I conclude by suggesting that while Deleuze and Guattari's rhizomatic ontology helps us explain the findings of my phenomenological sketch of commuting, Merleau-Ponty's embodied phenomenology can help to flesh out (quite literally) Deleuze and Guattari's suggestion that all the work happens in "the logic of the AND" (A Thousand Plateaus 25). While the method I call on in this paper is decidedly phenomenological, the conclusions I reach invite me to explore further the promise of a more "rhizomatic phenomenological" practice.