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Irony and Embodiment

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Material Information

Title: Irony and Embodiment Toward a Rortian Philosophy of the Body
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Davies, Christopher
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Rorty, Richard
Pragmatism
Embodiment
Body
Shusterman, Richard
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Richard Rorty writes that the aim of a good life should be aesthetically satisfying self-creation, in which a person achieves a beautiful life by inventing new words to describe himself or herself. Richard Shusterman has criticized this position, saying that it neglects the human body as a locus of self-creative activity and thus cannot accommodate the idea that a beautiful life can be achieved through work on one's body. After looking closely at the written exchange between Rorty and Shusterman, I argue that Rorty does indeed neglect the body, though--contra Shusterman--his views are able to accommodate bodily self-creation. I demonstrate how by developing a Rortian philosophy of the body which centers on the idea that the body has no essence or inherent nature which our descriptions must capture. Hence, we can allow our bodily activities to causally influence our inventive redescriptions of the body, so that they themselves might function as tools to improve our somatic lives.
Statement of Responsibility: by Christopher Davies
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Edidin, Aron

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 D2
System ID: NCFE003757:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003757/00001

Material Information

Title: Irony and Embodiment Toward a Rortian Philosophy of the Body
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Davies, Christopher
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Rorty, Richard
Pragmatism
Embodiment
Body
Shusterman, Richard
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Richard Rorty writes that the aim of a good life should be aesthetically satisfying self-creation, in which a person achieves a beautiful life by inventing new words to describe himself or herself. Richard Shusterman has criticized this position, saying that it neglects the human body as a locus of self-creative activity and thus cannot accommodate the idea that a beautiful life can be achieved through work on one's body. After looking closely at the written exchange between Rorty and Shusterman, I argue that Rorty does indeed neglect the body, though--contra Shusterman--his views are able to accommodate bodily self-creation. I demonstrate how by developing a Rortian philosophy of the body which centers on the idea that the body has no essence or inherent nature which our descriptions must capture. Hence, we can allow our bodily activities to causally influence our inventive redescriptions of the body, so that they themselves might function as tools to improve our somatic lives.
Statement of Responsibility: by Christopher Davies
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Edidin, Aron

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 D2
System ID: NCFE003757:00001

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