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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.

Shusterman’s Thinking Through the Body and Everyday Aesthetics

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Richard ShustermanThinking Through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press2012). Page references to this book will be in parentheses.

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Roger ScrutonThe Aesthetics of Architecture (Princeton: Princeton University Press1980).

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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/

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 See my“A Pragmatist Theory of Artistic Creativity,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 28 (1994): 169–180.

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Kevin Melchionne“The Definition of Everyday Aesthetics” Contemporary Aesthetics 11 (2013). http://www.contempaesthetics.org/newvolume/pages/article.php?articleid=663

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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

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William JamesThe Principles of Psychology (Cambridge: Harvard University Press1983) p. 246.

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Thomas Leddy“Shusterman’s Pragmatist Aesthetics,” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 16 (2002): 10–15. Richard Shusterman “Pragmatism and Criticism: A Response to Three Critics of Pragmatist Aesthetics” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 16 (2002): 26–38.

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Sherri Irvin“The Pervasiveness of the Aesthetic in Ordinary Experience,” British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (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.

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Morris Weitz“The Role of Theory in Aesthetics,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism15 (1956): 27–35.

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