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


/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 only shortcoming in this work, for it does not convey the scope of the concepts covered. It may be better titled Somaesthetics and the Philosophy of Education, but even this does not express the important and fascinating discussions on the aesthetics of sports contained herein; and “education” is perhaps too narrow to encompass the range of application of the ideas (especially in the final part of the book). However, when the reader looks past the title, they will find a nicely organized work introducing readers to the topic of the aesthetics of sport, its application for improving pedagogy, and several avenues for further development in these areas. Higuchi’s previous work is a tireless series of granting legitimacy to the study of sports. Somaesthetics and the Philosophy of Culture is another important step in this project. Readers need not be familiar with Richard Shusterman’s multidisciplinary project of somaesthetics for, when it is necessary, Higuchi provides the relevant details. Readers who are familiar with somaesthetics will very quickly see how the ideas here complement it well.


Higuchi, somaesthetics, sport, education, aesthetics, Japan

How to cite:

Bonnet, T.J. “Sporting Education and Somaesthetics.’” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 6, no. 3 (2022):  116-120. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2022.0028.


T. J. Bonnet
Center for Body, Mind, and Culture, Florida-Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA

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