Performing Live: Aesthetic Alternatives for the Ends of Art

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Current philosophies of art remain sadly dominated by visions of its end and lamentations of decline. Defining the very notions of art and the aesthetic as special products of Western modernity, they suggest that postmodern challenges to traditional high culture pose a devastating danger to art's future. Richard Shusterman's new book cuts through the seductive confusions of these views by tracing the earthy roots of aesthetic experience and showing how the recent flourishing of aesthetic forms outside modernity's sacralized realm of fine art evince the persistent presence of an artistic impulse far deeper and more durable than the modernist moment. Performing Live defends the abiding power of aesthetic experience by exploring its diverse roles, methods, and meanings, especially in fields marginal to traditional aesthetics but now most vibrantly alive in today's culture and new media. Ranging from rap, techno, and country music to cinema, cyberspace and urban design, Shusterman develops his radical theory of "somaesthetics," charting the complex network of bodily arts so prominent in contemporary life and self-styling. By blending concrete aesthetic analysis with insightful social critique, Shusterman, a well-known pragmatist philosopher, provides a rich menu and critical guide for today's pursuit of the art of living.

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"Shusterman's new book is a collection of mutually complementary essays which encompass a decade of writing. It reppresents his pragmatist aesthetics critically applied to a range of issues, theories, and methods foregrounded by recent work in both analytic and continental philosophy. Interestingly, the contemporary vitality of some of these issues is in part due to the influence of Shusterman's previous writings. . . .Shusterman's text is enormously sophisticated not only in the range of philosophical and cultural sources which he is able to draw upon, but also in the probling and succinct way in which these are applied"― Mind

"The essays are lively and engaging in many ways. Not only is Shusterman informative about topics relating to mass-media arts and self-fashioning, his reflections consistently raise important philosophical issues concerning our postmodernist condition and the cultural and sociological factors fostering it. Furthermore, Shusterman's arguments are fecund and provocative, his styl evigorous, and his critique of current analytical and continental philosophical approches adroit. . . We cannot but admire the skill and verve of Shusterman's attempts to bring philosophy back to its original goals of teaching us how to live more fully and wisely."―Trevor Whittock, British Journal of Aesthetics, Jan. 2002

"Compelling, smart, original. Performing Live re-situates the body of philosophy as well as the human body in philosophy, aesthetics, country music, hip hop, and urban space. A must read for devotees of philosophy and popular culture critics alike."―Houston Baker, Duke University, Editor, American Literature

"Evocative and sophisticated, this book should appeal to an audience of diverse theoretical tastes, from contemporary postmodern and continental philosophy to analytic philosophy of art and aesthetics. Performing Live is a vigorous and highly readable collection of essays from an important voice."―Carolyn Korsmeyer, Professor of Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo

"Richard Shusterman's wide-ranging, lyrical overview of American philosophy and culture is both dynamic and inclusive. In giving us a new way to look at American philosophy from the early pragmatists to the hip-hop scene, Shusterman conveys the density of philosophical inquiry with the dextrous prose of a topological acrobat. Imagine a dinner conversation among T.S. Eliot, Ice-T, and John Dewey, an infinite host of well-informed hypertextual linkages surrounding the dialogue, and you might get a glimpse of 'the logic of multicultural difference' that Shusterman portrays in Peforming Live."―Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Editor-at-Large, Artbyte: The Magazine of Digital Culture

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Philosophies of art remain dominated by visions of its end and lamentations of decline. Defining the very notions of art and the aesthetic as special products of Western modernity, they suggest that postmodern challenges to traditional high culture pose a devastating danger to art's future. Richard Shusterman's book aims to cut through the confusions of these views by tracing the roots of aesthetic experience and showing how the flourishing of aesthetic forms outside modernity's sacralized realm of fine art evince the persistent presence of an artistic impulse far deeper and more durable than the modernist movement. The book defends the abiding power of aesthetic experience by exploring its diverse roles, methods and meanings, especially in fields marginal to traditional aesthetics but now most vibrantly alive in modern culture and new media. Ranging from rap, techno and country music to cinema, cyberspace and urban design, Shusterman develops his theory of "somaesthetics", charting the complex network of bodily arts so prominent in contemporary life and self-styling.

By blending concrete aesthetic analysis with insightful social critique, Shusterman hopes to provide a rich menu and critical guide for the pursuit of the art of living.

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