Attunement Through the Body

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SUNY Press, 1992 - Philosophy - 305 pages
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Preparatory to restoring humaneness,Attunement Through the Body offers an innovative, philosophical model for overcoming mind-body dualism and its negative consequences through a systematic elucidation of the concept and the phenomenon of attunement. It invites readers to re-evaluate an undue emphasis placed on the cognitive, intellectual knowledge in the West.

The book examines the concept of the lived body and then articulates the transformative dimension of our everyday mode of living our bodies vis-a-vis Yuasa Yasuo's concept of body-scheme, demonstrating that the unity disclosed can be brought to a higher degree. The book further describes the transformative dimension of our bodies in theoretical and practical aspects through the concept of the body emerging in the course of meditational self-cultivation that was practiced by Dogen Kigen, a medieval Japanese Zen master.

It then develops an original philosophical theory that differs from various Western theories such as Idealism, Empiricism, and Materialism. This theory articulates modes of attunement reflecting degrees of somatic knowledge. The theory implies a lifestyle appropriate for the coming century.
 

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Contents

Ichikawas Concept of the Body Qua Structure
29
Yuasas Body Scheme
59
A MEDIEVAL JAPANESE CONCEPT
77
Dogen and the Body in Meditation
105
Dogen and the Body in Transformation
131
Dogen and the Body in Action
155
Preliminaries and a Theory of Attunement
179
A Sketch of a General Theory of Attunement
195
A Stratification of Engagement
223
Notes
257
Glossary for Japanese Terms
287
Bibliography
295
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About the author (1992)

Shigenori Nagatomo is Assistant Professor at Temple University. He is co-author of Science and Comparative Philosophy, and co-translator of The Body: Toward an Eastern Mind-Body Theory by Yuasa Yasuo, published by SUNY Press, and Toward Superconsciousness: Meditational Theory and Practice.

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