Between Literature and Somaesthetics.
Koczanowicz, Dorota and Wojciech Malecki (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2012, VI, 236 pp.
Value Inquiry Book Series 244
Central European Value Studies
This book is the first essay collection on Richard Shusterman, the foremost representative of contemporary pragmatist aesthetics, a philosopher whose books have been translated into more than fifteen languages. The 12 essays, which cover the wide-ranging scope of Shusterman’s pragmatist thought, divide into three sections: Literary Theory and Philosophy of Art; Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, and Politics; and Somaesthetics. Written by an international group of authors from different philosophical perspectives, the book’s essays not only provide a good introduction to Shusterman’s innovative pragmatist theories, but show their useful applications to important and controversial topics in philosophy, politics, religious and gender studies, the arts, and somaesthetics. The book also includes two new texts by Shusterman: an introductory essay in which he explains the trajectory of his intellectual development and a detailed response to the other contributors, which closes the book.
Dorota Koczanowicz and Wojciech Malecki: Introduction
Richard Shusterman: A Pragmatist Path through the Play of Limits: from Literature to Somaesthetics
Literary Theory and Philosophy of Art
Anna Budziak: The Idea of Emotion in T. S. Eliot and in Richard Shusterman
Kacper Bartczak: Neo-pragmatist Models of Self-Development and the Poetic Subjectivity in John Ashbery’s Poetry
Wojciech Malecki: Challenging the Taboo of the Autobiographical
Dorota Koczanowicz: “You Must Change Your Life”: Pragmatism and the Therapeutic Function of Art
Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, and Politics
Sami Pihlström: Philosophy and Life: Pragmatism, Wittgenstein, and Metaphysics
Adam Chmielewski: Faith and the Limits of Fallibilism
Don Morse: Erotic Pragmatism: Shusterman’s Deweyan Advances
Jerold J. Abrams: Shusterman and the Paradoxes of Superhuman Self-Styling
Monika Bokiniec: “Body Trouble”? Somaesthetics and Feminism
Krzysztof Piotr Skowronski: Aesthetics and Corporal Values
Robert Dobrowolski: Sampling (No)Body
Martin Jay: Somaesthetics and Democracy: Dewey and Contemporary Body Art
Richard Shusterman: Continuing Connections: Comments on the Preceding Essays
About the Contributors