2022-03Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
What Can Justice-Seeking Social Movements Teach Us About Democracy?

Preview: /Review: Justo Serrano Zamora, Democratization and Struggles Against Injustice (London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2021), 232 pages./ “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” In amongst a plethora of memorable metaphors and other impressive rhetorical devices,…

2022-03Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Sporting Education and Somaesthetics

Preview: /Review: Satoshi Higuchi, Somaesthetics and the Philosophy of Culture: Projects in Japan (New York, NY; Oxford, England: Routledge, 2021), 138 pages./ Satoshi Higuchi’s Somaesthetics and the Philosophy of Culture is a succinct and innovative work in aesthetics and philosophy of education, despite what the title may otherwise imply. Indeed, the title may be the…

2022-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Wise Designer

Preview: /Review: Brian S. Dixon, Dewey and Design: A Pragmatist Perspective for Design Research (Cham: Springer, 2020), 200 pages./ Brian S. Dixon’s book Dewey and Design provides, as the book’s subtitle declaims, a pragmatist perspective for design research. Design research is an academic field that specifically deals with the design process. Its domain-specific…

2022-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Way of Thought and Practice

Preview: /Review: Poul Andersen, The Paradox of Being: Truth, Identity, and Images in Daoism (Leiden, The Netherlands: Harvard University Asia Center, 2019), 362 pages./ Philosophy tends to approach Daoism in degrees. One may be introduced to the Dao de Jing of Laozi and appreciate the poetic structure and appreciate the virtues of non-coercive action. When one…

2022-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Reports on Shusterman’s Work as “The Man in Gold”

Preview: Shusterman, as a philosopher who draws from the work of John Dewey, has pragmatic expectations for art. For Dewey, communing with art was an intensification of experience, that is to say being in the world. For art is full of meaning, and it is in human nature to rush to search for meanings. Experience is only…

2022-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Richard Rorty, Jürgen Habermas, and the Nature of Philosophical Dialogue

Preview: /Review: Marcin Kilanowski, The Rorty-Habermas Debate: Toward Freedom as Responsibility, (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2021), 304 pages./ The American philosopher Richard Rorty (1931 – 2007) and the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas (b. 1929) engaged in a lengthy discussion over the years on a range of issues, particularly as these issues involved the…

2022-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The First Lady of German Philosophy: Husserl’s Rebellious Student Hedwig Conrad-Martius

Preview: /Review: James G. Hart, Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Ontological Phenomenology, ed. Rodney K.B Parker (Cham, Switzerland:  Springer, 2020), 284 pages./ James Hart is an important phenomenological scholar and thinker who is the author of several books and many articles on Husserl, Husserl’s Utopian Poetics, and the phenomenological movement. This book is Hart’s…

2021-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Ennobling Love and Erotic Elevation: A Response to Six Readings of Ars Erotica

Preview: In various guises and cultures, the theme of elevating, ennobling love is a recurrent topos in the premodern erotic theory my book traces. Freed from Plato’s problematic dualistic denigration of the body as prison of the soul and from the modern aesthetic prejudice of disinterestedness, Ars Erotica recaptures the valuable core of ennobling desire…

2021-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Erotic and the Political: The Somaesthetics of Sex in Social Context

Preview: /Commentary: Richard Shusterman, Ars Erotica: Sex and Somaesthetics in the Classical Arts of Love (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021), 436 pages./ Richard Shusterman’s work is remarkable, among other things, for extending the range and power of the discipline of aesthetics, conceived by him as fundamental to many dimensions of human experience. Indeed, he has…

2021-04Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
East and West on the Tension Between Ars Erotica and Ars Vivendi

Preview: /Commentary: Richard Shusterman, Ars Erotica: Sex and Somaesthetics in the Classical Arts of Love (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021), 436 pages./ Richard Shusterman’s Ars Erotica: Sex and Somaesthetics in the Classical Arts of Love is a masterpiece in a number of respects. With its focus on erotic love and the aesthetics of lovemaking, the book…