A Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics
By (author) Richard Shusterman
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Body Consciousness by Richard Shusterman
Book DescriptionContemporary 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 criticised 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. Rather than rehashing intractable ontological debates on the mind-body relation, Shusterman reorients study of this crucial nexus towards a more fruitful, pragmatic direction that reinforces important but neglected connections between philosophy of mind, ethics, politics, and the pervasive aesthetic dimensions of everyday life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521858908
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Shusterman
Thinking Through the Body, Paperback (September 2012)
A richly rewarding vision of the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of somaesthetics, with fourteen essays by the originator of the field.
Body Consciousness, Paperback (January 2008)
Shusterman argues that improved body consciousness can relieve many problems and enhance knowledge, performance, and pleasure.
Range of Pragmatism and the Limits of Philosophy, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Richard Shusterman
This book, written by some of pragmatisma s leading scholars, explores the range of pragmatism and its resources for treating crucial contemporary issues. aeo An exploration of the range of pragmatism and the limits of philosophy. aeo Probes the range of pragmatism in terms of its international impact.
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Author Biography - Richard Shusterman
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.
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