- On Pragmatist Philosophy, Pedagogy, and Film
Aalborg University – Copenhagen
Thursday, January 9th. 2014
13:00 – 15.00
Richard Shusterman is one of the leading philosophers in the world. This is a unique opportunity
to get a first hand insight into his work in pragmatist aesthetics and the emerging field of
somaesthetics, “the critical, melio rative study of the experience and the use of one’s body as a locus of sensor aesthetic appreciation (aesthesis) and creative self- fashioning.”
This presentation examines the pragmatist model of transactional experiential inquiry that guides his philosophical research and that highlights the integration of theory and practice. He believes that this model can also be useful for educational theory and practice. To exemplify his approach in a very concrete way, he will present and discuss some of his recent work in the genre of film, where he has been working with a documentary film maker to prepare an education video about his philosophical practice. The film is entitled Philosophical Encounters with Richard Shusterman and the director is Pawel Kuczynski.
“Somaesthetics offers a way of integrating the discursive and nondiscursive, the reflective and
the immediate, thought and feeling, in the quest of providing greater range, harmony, and clarity
to the soma – the body- mind whose union is an ontological given but whose most satisfying
unities of performance are both a personal and cultural achievement.” - Richard Shusterman.
Prof. Shusterman is a honorary professor at Aalborg University, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent
Scholar in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Body, Mind,
and Culture at Florida Atlantic University