Etica ed estetica: somaestetica e l'arte di vivere

  • Richard Shusterman


Ethics and aesthetics tend to be sharply distinguished and frequently opposed as rival realms of value. The apparent conflict between them is discomforting for artists and theorists who seek to combine aesthetic values and ethical aims in their work. My article strives to ease this theoretical tension in two ways. First, through a genealogical analysis of the complexity of our concepts of ethics and aesthetics, I argue that, in some of their historical conceptions, they display considerable convergence. Here I appeal both to classical Western and Asian theories of ethics and aesthetics. Second, I show how these notions converge in the pragmatist, somaesthetic notion of an embodied art of living.

Riferimenti bibliografici

ARISTOTELE, Etica nicomachea, Roma - Bari, Laterza, 2010.

CONFUCIO, Dialoghi, Torino, Einaudi, 2006.

DEWEY, John, Three independent factors in morals, in Id., John Dewey: the later works, Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 1984, vol. 5, pp. 279-288.

ELIOT, Thomas S., L’uso della poesia e l’uso della critica e altri saggi, Milano, Bompiani, 1974.

HEGEL, Georg W.F., Estetica, Torino, Einaudi, 1997.

KNOBLOCK, John, Xunzi: a translation and study of the complete works, Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1994.

MOTOKIYO, Zeami, Il segreto del Teatro Nō, Milano, Adelphi, 1966.

PLATONE, Repubblica, Roma - Bari, Laterza, 2006.

PLATONE, Simposio, Roma - Bari, Laterza, 1996.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, A philosopher in darkness and in light, in NINACS, Anne-Marie (ed.), Lucidité. Vues de l’intérieur/Lucidity. Inward views. Le mois de la photo à Montréal 2011, Montréal, Le mois de la photo à Montréal, 2011.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, Body consciousness: a philosophy of mindfulness and somaesthetics, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, Estetica pragmatista, Palermo, Aesthetica, 2012.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, Of the scandal of taste: social privilege as nature in the aesthetic theories of Hume and Kant, in Id., Surface and depth: dialectics of criticism and culture, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2002.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, Photography as performative process, «Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism» 70 (2012), pp. 67-78.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, Performing live: aesthetic alternatives for the ends of art, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2000.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, Practicing philosophy: pragmatism and the philosophical life, New York, Routledge, 1997.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, Thinking through the body: essays in somaesthetics, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

SHUSTERMAN, Richard, T.S. Eliot and the philosophy of criticism, New York, Columbia University Press, 1988.

WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig, Tractatus logico-philosophicus, Torino, Einaudi, 1998.