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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2015, Vol. 10 Issue (2) : 167-180
“Bodyheartminding” (Xin 心): Reconceiving the Inner Self and the Outer World in the Language of Holographic Focus and Field
Roger T. Ames()
Department of Philosophy, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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In this essay, inspired by the somatic turn in philosophy initiated by Richard Shusterman, I want to invoke the language of classical Confucian philosophy to think through the best efforts of William James and John Dewey to escape the mind-body and nature-nurture dualisms—that is, to offer an alternative vocabulary that might lend further clarity to the revolutionary insights of James and Dewey by appealing to the processual categories of Chinese cosmology. What I will try to do first is to refocus the pragmatist’s explanation of the relationship between mind and body through the lens of a process Confucian cosmology. And then, to make the case for James and Dewey, I will return to the radical, imagistic language they invoke to try and make the argument that this processual, holistic understanding of “vital bodyminding” is in fact what they were trying to say all along.

Keywords Richard Shusterman      John Dewey      William James      dualism      “bodyheatminding      ” cosmology      Chinese medicine      holography      focus-field      internal relations      aspectual language      pragmatism      somaesthetics     
Issue Date: 19 June 2015
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Roger T. Ames. “Bodyheartminding” (Xin 心): Reconceiving the Inner Self and the Outer World in the Language of Holographic Focus and Field[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2015, 10(2): 167-180.
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