Somaesthetics and the care of the body

Metaphilosophy 42 (3):305-313 (2011)
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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



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Shaun Gallagher
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Winckelmann on Taste: A Somaesthetic Perspective.Richard Shusterman - 2018 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 76 (2):175-186.

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