Somaesthetics and the care of the body

Metaphilosophy 42 (3):305-313 (2011)
Abstract: This article poses a number of questions to Richard Shusterman concerning his concepts of somaesthetics and body consciousness in his book Body Consciousness: A Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics. How do the concepts relate to the kind of forgetfulness of the body that can happen in expert performance? What is the nature of somatic reflection, and how is it different from pre-reflective awareness of the body? The article suggests that our immersed involvement and overt orientation toward things, and toward other people that concern us, involve bodily practices characterized by a performative forgetting of the body. Depending on the nature of the way we become aware of (or practice awareness of) the body, performance may be improved or disrupted
Keywords performative forgetfulness  somaesthetics  body consciousness  action
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2011.01686.x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 15,831
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Drew Leder (1990). The Absent Body. University of Chicago Press.

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
John Schwenkler (2013). The Objects of Bodily Awareness. Philosophical Studies 162 (2):465-472.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

34 ( #94,011 of 1,724,748 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

6 ( #110,389 of 1,724,748 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.