Reconsidering Richard Shusterman’s Somaesthetics

The Confucian Debate between Mèng Zǐ and Xún Zǐ

in Contemporary Pragmatism
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In his work on somaesthetics, Richard Shusterman employs Confucianism’s take on ritualized self-cultivation to address blind spots in Euro-American accounts. However, Shusterman’s remarks on the later classical-era thinker Xún Zǐ (荀子) hint at a possible tension with the former’s pragmatism and promotion of somatic self-fashioning. The classical Confucian debate between Mencius (Mèng Zǐ; 孟子) and Xún Zǐ on human nature being either “good” or “bad” broaches issues of somaesthetics, namely as concerns self-cultivation being either internally spontaneous or externally imposed. Looking at this debate can thus help the project of somaesthetics by bringing old, though in this case novel, vocabulary to bear on an issue with which Shusterman wrestles – the “ontic” status of somaesthetic practice.

Reconsidering Richard Shusterman’s Somaesthetics

The Confucian Debate between Mèng Zǐ and Xún Zǐ

in Contemporary Pragmatism

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Richard ShustermanThinking Through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics (New York: Cambridge2012) p. 27.

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Richard ShustermanBody Consciousness pp. 130–131. Richard Shusterman. Thinking through the Body pp. 266 & 269–271.

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Richard ShustermanBody Consciousness p. 99.

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Richard ShustermanThinking Through the Body pp. 13–14.

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Richard ShustermanBody Consciousness. p. 23.

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Judith ButlerThe Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection (Stanford: Stanford University Press1997) p. 88.

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Richard ShustermanThinking through the Body p. 227.

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Richard Shusterman“Somaesthetics and the Utopian Body” in International Yearbook of Aesthetics: Volume 14 2010ed. Wang Keping (Beijing: International Association for Aesthetics 2010) p. 85.

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Richard ShustermanThinking through the Body p. 31.

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Richard ShustermanThinking through the Body pp. 319–320.

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Richard ShustermanThinking through the Body pp. 34 & 200. 孟子今註今譯 §剬孫丑上 2.

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Richard ShustermanThinking through the Body p. 141.

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Richard ShustermanBody Consciousness p. 115 n. 4; Richard Shusterman “Somatic Style” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (2011): p. 159 n. 10; Richard Shusterman. “Pragmatism and East-Asian Thought” Metaphilosophy 35 (2004): pp. 20 n. 12 25 19 n. 30 35 n. 37.

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Richard ShustermanThinking through the Body p. 200; Xunzi §2.4 & §2.5.

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Paul R. Goldin“Xunzi and Early Han Philosophy.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 67 (2007): pp. 136–137.

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Richard ShustermanThinking through the Body p. 205; Xunzi §1.8.

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David L. Hall and Roger AmesThinking Through Confucius (Albany: State University of New York1987) pp. 292–293; Jacques Derrida Marges de la Philosophie (Paris Les Éditions de Minuit 1975) pp. 8–9.

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Sor-Hoon TanConfucian Democracy: A Deweyan Reconstruction (Albany: State University of New York2004) pp. 132–144; Joanne D. Birdwhistell Mencius and Masculinities: Dynamics of Power Morality and Maternal Thinking (Albany: State University of New York 2007).

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Richard Shusterman“Pragmatism and East Asian Thought” p. 27.

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