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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2015, Vol. 10 Issue (2) : 181-191
A Cross-Cultural Reflection on Shusterman’s Suggestion of the “Transactional” Body
Eva Kit Wah Man()
Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
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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.

Keywords Richard Shusterman      body      cross-cultural      transactional      interactional      heaven      aesthetic experience     
Issue Date: 19 June 2015
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Eva Kit Wah Man. A Cross-Cultural Reflection on Shusterman’s Suggestion of the “Transactional” Body[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2015, 10(2): 181-191.
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