Department of Humanities and Creative Writing
A cross-cultural reflection on Shusterman’s suggestion of the “Transactional” body
This short article explores the meaning of Shusterman's "transactional body," derived from his statement that the will is not a purely mental affair that is independent of physical modality but is always an interaction with its environment. While he appreciates the Deweyan interactional model, he develops the "transactional mode," which he implies should expand the body-mind unity to the level of social and cultural conditions. Shusterman finds similar integrations and transactions among the mental, psychophysical and physical levels in Asian philosophical traditions. This article conducts a comparative study between his theory and Mencius' understanding of the body. Within the discussion, the analysis of aesthetic experience explicated by Dewey and Shusterman is reviewed as the link to the comparison.
aesthetic experience, body, cross-cultural, heaven, interactional, Richard Shusterman, transactional
Source Publication Title
Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Higher Education Press
Link to Publisher's Edition
Man, Eva Kit Wah. "A cross-cultural reflection on Shusterman’s suggestion of the “Transactional” body." Frontiers of Philosophy in China 10.2 (2015): 181-191.