What Controls and What is Controlled?

Deweyan Aesthetic Experience and Shusterman’s Somatic Experience

In: Contemporary Pragmatism
Author: Ewa Chudoba1
View More View Less
  • 1 Jagiellonian University, Komuny Paryskiej 27/1, 30–389 Krakow, Polska,
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution


Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):


Shusterman cites Dewey as a preeminent influence, but also endeavors to differentiate himself from his philosophical predecessor. Thus while both emphasize embodiment, Dewey stresses that the body is coupled to the world, and Shusterman sees it as more internally complete, almost setting this up as an ideal to be pursued. Consequently Dewey regards bodily action and resultant experience as co-determined by the world, whereas Shusterman believes the body and experience is more under the control of the individual. This article contrasts Dewey and Shusterman’s approaches. It specifically ponders the Deweyan concepts of pervasive and unifying quality, and concludes that these ideas cast doubt on some of Shusterman’s views, specifically his emphasis on internal control.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 161 48 5
Full Text Views 177 0 0
PDF Views & Downloads 12 0 0