Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming

Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming

by Kimerer LaMothe

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Overview

Within intellectual paradigms that privilege mind over matter, dance has long appeared as a marginal, derivative, or primitive art. Drawing support from theorists and artists who embrace matter as dynamic and agential, this book offers a visionary definition of dance that illuminates its constitutive work in the ongoing evolution of human persons.

Why We Dance introduces a philosophy of bodily becoming that posits bodily movement as the source and telos of human life. Within this philosophy, dance appears as an activity that humans evolved to do as the enabling condition of their best bodily becoming. Weaving theoretical reflection with accounts of lived experience, this book positions dance as a catalyst in the development of human consciousness, compassion, ritual proclivity, and ecological adaptability. Aligning with trends in new materialism, affect theory, and feminist philosophy, as well as advances in dance and religious studies, this work reveals the vital role dance can play in reversing the trajectory of ecological self-destruction along which human civilization is racing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231538886
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kimerer L. LaMothe is a dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion who lives in upstate New York. She is the award-winning author of five books, including Nietzsche's Dancers and Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Why Dance?
1. To Dance Is to Matter
2. To Dance Is to Evolve
3. To Dance Is to Know
4. To Dance Is to Be Born
5. To Dance Is to Connect
6. To Dance Is to Heal
7. To Dance Is to Love
Earth Within
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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