Body Consciousness: A Philosophy of Mindfulness and by Richard Shusterman

By Richard Shusterman

Modern tradition more and more suffers from difficulties of recognition, over-stimulation, and pressure, and quite a few own and social discontents generated via misleading physique pictures. This ebook argues that greater physique cognizance can relieve those difficulties and improve one's wisdom, functionality, and enjoyment. The physique is our easy medium of conception and motion, yet concentrated realization to its emotions and routine has lengthy been criticized as a harmful distraction that still ethically corrupts via self-absorption. In physique recognition, Richard Shusterman refutes such fees via enticing the main influential twentieth-century somatic philosophers and incorporating insights from either Western and Asian disciplines of body-mind wisdom.

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In other words, by this concept nature is represented as if an understanding contained the ground of the unity of the manifold of its empirical laws. The purposiveness of nature is, therefore, a particular a priori concept, which has its origin solely in reflective judgement. For we cannot ascribe to the products of nature anything like a reference of nature in them to ends, but we can only make use of this concept to reflect upon them in respect of the nexus of phenomena in nature—a nexus given according to empirical laws.

Death of Frederick William II and accession of Frederick II (‘Frederick the Great’). 1740–6 Enrols at the University of Königsberg and studies mathematics, natural science and theology. 1746 Death of Kant’s father; he presents Thoughts on the Estimation of Living Forces at the University (published in 1747). 1747–54 Employed as a private tutor for families in the environs of Königsberg. 1749 Birth of Goethe. 1755 Publishes Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens; obtains his Doctoral Degree with the Dissertation On Fire.

Still these practical rules are not called laws (like physical laws), but only precepts. This is due to the fact that the will does not stand simply under the natural concept, but also under the concept of freedom. In the latter connexion its principles are called laws, and these principles, with the addition of what follows from them, alone constitute the second or practical part of philosophy. The solution of the problems of pure geometry is not allocated to a special part of that science, nor does the art of land-surveying merit Introduction 9 the name of practical, in contradistinction to pure, as a second part of the general science of geometry, and with equally little, or perhaps less, right can the mechanical or chemical art of experiment or of observation be ranked as a practical part of the science of nature, or, in fine, domestic, agricultural, or political economy, the art of social intercourse, the principles of dietetics, or even general instruction as to the attainment of happiness, or as much as the control of the inclinations or the restraining of the affects with a view thereto, be denominated practical philosophy—not to mention forming these latter into a second part of philosophy in general.

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