Richard Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and English, and Director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University. Educated at Jerusalem and Oxford, he chaired the Temple University Philosophy Department before coming to FAU in 2005. He has held academic appointments in Paris, Berlin, Hiroshima, Rome, Oslo, Vienna, Hong Kong, and Shanghai and was awarded senior Fulbright and NEH fellowships. His widely translated research covers many topics in the human sciences with particular emphasis on questions of philosophy, aesthetics, culture, language, identity, and embodiment. Authored books include T.S. Eliot and the Philosophy of Criticism (Columbia 1988), Practicing Philosophy: Pragmatism and the Philosophical Life (Routledge 1997), Performing Live (Cornell 2000), Surface and Depth (Cornell 2002), and Pragmatist Aesthetics (Blackwell 1992, 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield 2000, and translated into 14 languages). His recent work in somaesthetics includes three books with Cambridge University Press: Body Consciousness (2008), Thinking through the Body (2012), and Ars Erotica: Sex and Somaesthetics in the Classical Arts of Love (2021), and a bilingual graphic novella, The Adventures of the Man in Gold, based on his work in performance art. Most recently he authored Philosophy and the Art of Writing (Routledge, 2022).
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