Body Consciousness: A Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics

Body Consciousness: A Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics

by Richard Shusterman

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Body Consciousness: A Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics by Richard Shusterman

Contemporary culture increasingly suffers from problems of attention, over-stimulation, and stress, and a variety of personal and social discontents generated by deceptive body images. This book argues that improved body consciousness can relieve these problems and enhance one's knowledge, performance, and pleasure. The body is our basic medium of perception and action, but focused attention to its feelings and movements has long been criticized as a damaging distraction that also ethically corrupts through self-absorption. In Body Consciousness, Richard Shusterman refutes such charges by engaging the most influential twentieth-century somatic philosophers and incorporating insights from both Western and Asian disciplines of body-mind awareness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521675871
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 851,281
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Richard Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Educated at Jerusalem and Oxford, he is internationally known for his contributions to philosophy and his pioneering work in somaesthetics, a field of theory and practice devoted to thinking through the body. A recipient of senior Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, Dr Shusterman has held academic positions in Paris, Berlin, and Hiroshima, and is the author of several books, most recently Surface and Depth and Performing Live. His Pragmatist Aesthetics has been published in thirteen languages.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Somaesthetics and care of the self: the case of Foucault; 2. The silent, limping body of philosophy: somatic attention deficit in Merleau-Ponty; 3. Somatic subjectivities and somatic subjugation: Beauvoir on gender and ageing; 4. Wittgenstein's somaesthetics: explanation and melioration in philosophy of mind, art, and politics; 5. Deeper into the storm center: the somatic philosophy of William James; 6. Redeeming somatic reflection: John Dewey's philosophy of body-mind.

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