Thinking through the Body

Essays in Somaesthetics

by Richard Shusterman

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  • 9781107019065
  • 9781139534338
  • 9781139540087
This book provides a richly rewarding vision of the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics. Composed of fourteen wide-ranging but finely integrated essays by Richard Shusterman, the originator of the field, Thinking through the Body explains the philosophical foundations of somaesthetics and applies its insights to central issues in ethics, education, cultural politics, consciousness studies, sexuality and the arts. Integrating Western philosophy, cognitive science and somatic methodologies with classical Asian theories of body, mind and action, these essays probe the nature of somatic existence and the role of body consciousness in knowledge, memory and behavior. Deploying somaesthetic perspectives to analyze key aesthetic concepts (such as style and the sublime), he offers detailed studies of embodiment in drama, dance, architecture and photography. The volume also includes somaesthetic exercises for the classroom and explores the ars erotica as an art of living.

  • Cambridge University Press; September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781139534338
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  • Title: Thinking through the Body
  • Author: Richard Shusterman
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107019065
  • 9781139534338
  • 9781139540087

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'Richard Shusterman's collection takes the first philosophical step in the new millennium, going beyond the action theory that emerged in the 1970s and building a historical pyramid from Socrates to his own conception of somaesthetics: a scholarly monument ranging from muscle memory to vital topics in aesthetics, including ars erotica.' Arthur C. Danto, Columbia University

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107019065
  • 9781139534338
  • 9781139540087