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Joe Kaplan

Joe Kaplan

The Reasoned Impulse:  A Modern Philosophical Foundation for Projecting Directions

Susanne Langer (1895 – 1985) was an American philosopher of the generation that followed John Dewey.  She made substantial contributions to mathematical logic, aesthetics, and psychology.  Although she doesn’t appear to have been directly aware of Alexander, her analytic approach to life sciences produced a vocabulary that can concisely describe all aspects of the Alexander Technique in clear and simple terms that show how the work fits into a broader biological context.
In this session we will first translate the language Alexander used in The Use of the Self into Langer’s terms of situation, motivation, impulse, and action.  Then we will undertake some practical experiments to explore how this new language can bring clarity and rigor to the way we direct ourselves to improve our performance.

About Joe Kaplan

Joe has been a teaching member of ATI since 2018. A musician with a keep technical mind, he applies the Alexander Technique to his work as a composer, pianist, and percussionist as well as many computer-related endeavors. He has scored several dance shorts that have received recognition at festivals around the world. He is also the founder of YAWP Music, an inclusive collaborative community that composes, notates, rehearses, and performs new pieces of music on the spot.

Joe approaches the Alexander Technique from the perspective that FM’s main contribution was philosophical. Analyzing human behavior in terms of “projecting directions” is a novel paradigm shift in the way we understand ourselves. Joe has written several articles relating the Alexander Technique to symbolic logic and other trends in 20th-century philosophy. This technical analysis of the Technique gives his teaching rigor and clarity. His detailed, research-oriented approach has helped him demystify the Alexander Technique for new students by finding the simpler ways to express the nuances of the work.


See also: Joe Kaplan – Presenter Detail Page

Wednesday, 24 August 2022
10:30 h - 11:45 h (10.30am-11.45am)
Math Building
Floor: OG
Room: MA144

AT Principles and Procedures||Practical Teaching Skills||Science



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