Nietzsche on Embodiment: A Proto-somaesthetics?

in Aesthetic Experience and Somaesthetics
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This chapter considers Richard Shusterman’s claim in his “The Silent, Limping Body of Philosophy”1 that Friedrich Nietzsche’s work constitutes a mere inversion of the mind-body hierarchy, by providing an interpretation of selections from the Nietzschean corpus. The aim of the chapter is to show that Nietzsche’s position on the self is able to avoid falling into the “logic of reversal” that Shusterman diagnoses in his thinking. The chapter’s arguments then provide support for the conclusion that Nietzsche’s writings on the singing, dancing body could be seen as an example of a (proto-) phenomenology, and indeed, a (proto-) somaesthetics.

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