Pragmatism and East-Asian thought

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Journal Article




United States (2004)


<p>After noting some conditions of historical and contemporary context that favor a dialogue between pragmatism and East-Asian thought, which could help generate a new international philosophical perspective, this essay focuses on several themes that pragmatism shares with classical Chinese philosophy. Among the interrelated themes explored are the primacy of practice, the emphasis on pluralism, context, and flux, a recognition of fallibilism, an appreciation of the powers of art for individual, social, and political reconstruction, the pursuit of perfectionist self-cultivation in the art of living, and the crucial role of embodiment in this melioristic pursuit. The last section defends this somaesthetic emphasis against some likely criticisms and closes with an example of how occidental and East-Asian somatic thinking can be productively integrated. </p><p>Author Keywords: pragmatism; Confucianism; Daoism; practice; pluralism; context; flux; fallibilism; perfectionism; self-cultivation; democracy; aesthetic education; art of living; somaesthetics; Feldenkrais Method </p><p>KeyWords Plus: SHUSTERMAN,RICHARD; SOMAESTHETICS </p><p>Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBL LTD, 108 COWLEY RD, OXFORD OX4 1JF, OXON, ENGLAND Subject Category: PHILOSOPHY IDS Number: 804XC ISSN: 0026-1068 </p>


Shusterman, Richard (2004). Pragmatism and East-Asian thought. <em>Metaphilosophy</em>, 35(1-2), 13-43.&nbsp;