How does Richard Shusterman’s Thinking Through the Body apply to the issues of everyday aesthetics? As it turns out, many chapters contribute significantly to everyday aesthetics, in particular the work on architecture, self-styling, the body as background, lovemaking, and the process of making a photographic portrait. Shusterman’s concentration on the art of living has special importance to everyday aesthetics. Current debates within the field of everyday aesthetics also raise problems for somaesthetics. I also question the limits of somaesthetics and Shusterman’s rejection of defamiliarization in making the ordinary extraordinary.
ForseyJane. 2014. “The Promise, the Challenge, of Everyday Aesthetics” Aisthesis. Pratiche linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico7(1): 5–21. Available at: http://www.fupress.net/index.php/aisthesis/article/view/14608 accessed 12 March 2015.
Gould Carol Steinburg. Forthcoming. “Iki and Glamour as Aesthetic Properties of Persons: Reflections in a Cross-Cultural Mirror” in New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics: Philosophy Culture Literature and the Visual Arts ed. Minh Nguyen.
HaapalaArto. 2005. “On the Aesthetics of the Everyday: Familiarity, Strangeness, and the Meaning of Place” in The Aesthetics of Everyday Life ed. Andrew Light and Jonathan M. Smith (New York: Columbia University Press2005) pp. 39–55.
RatiuDan Eugen. 2013. “Remapping the Realm of Aesthetics: On Recent Controversies about the Aesthetic and Aesthetic Experience in Everyday Life” Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics56(1): 3–26.
———2012. “Back to the Future: Aesthetics Today” The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics43: 104–124 also found at http://ojs.statsbiblioteket.dk/index.php/nja/article/viewFile/7500/6349. Accessed June 30 2014.
John DeweyArt as Experience (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press1987). My own take on Dewey’s aesthetics can be found in “John Dewey” Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers ed. Alessandro Giovannelli (New York: Continuum 2012) and “Dewey’s Aesthetics” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2011 at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dewey-aesthetics/
a pp. 121–122. A recent defense of a Deweyan view of aesthetics of everyday life similar to my own in the stress it places on the concept of imagination (as found in my work with its stress on aura and metaphor) is Kalle Puolakka “Dewey and Everyday Aesthetics – A New Look” Contemporary Aesthetics 23 (2014) http://www.contempaesthetics.org/newvolume/pages/article.php?articleid=699
William JamesThe Principles of Psychology (Cambridge: Harvard University Press1983) p. 246.
Thomas Leddy“Shusterman’s Pragmatist Aesthetics,”Journal of Speculative Philosophy16 (2002): 10–15. Richard Shusterman “Pragmatism and Criticism: A Response to Three Critics of Pragmatist Aesthetics” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 16 (2002): 26–38.
Sherri Irvin“The Pervasiveness of the Aesthetic in Ordinary Experience,”British Journal of Aesthetics48 (2008): 29–44. Christopher Dowling “The Aesthetics of Daily Life” British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (2010): 225–242. A nice overview of these debates can be found in Dan Eugen Ratiu “Remapping the Realm of Aesthetics: On Recent Controversies about the Aesthetic and Aesthetic Experience in Everyday Life” Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics 56 no. 1 (2013): 3–26. Jane Forsey is critical of what she calls my extraordinarist position in her “The Promise the Challenge of Everyday Aesthetics” Aisthesis. Pratiche linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico 7(1) (2014): 5–21. Available at: http://www.fupress.net/index.php/aisthesis/article/view/14608.