To write a defence of masochism is a brave and difficult task. Weak claims about pain and pleasure undermine the effort.
Phenomenology can seem like a lot of long words and concepts but it’s really a process for seeing the world as it is.
Too often, phenomenology is made into a step-by-step process that claims a knowledge outcome. Knowledge, however, in a phenomenological study, is an altogether different beast.
A lot of what is ‘peer-reviewed’ and published as phenomenology is, my stupid detector reports, stupid. But why?
Some things do not ask to be explained, but understood. Cognitive models of touch, philosophy of mind and consciousness studies fail us.
Despite phenomenology being a practice of written description, few textbooks and critical works discuss how to write a phenomenological description.