244 | CCN: 23119

Graduate Seminar: Special Topics in Rhetoric

Body-Conscious Learning

Instructor: Marianne Constable,

2 Units

Schedule to be determined

The seminar this semester will meet every other week to discuss textual and visual materials relating to issues of learning, awareness and movement. It is designed to supplement a studio class being offered from 12 to 2 every Tuesday as a 1-unit TDPS 266; although priority will be given to students taking the studio seminar, the reading seminar is also open to others. The seminar will enable systematic and in-depth consideration of philosophical approaches to bodies, habits, and knowledge found in the works of Aristotle, Aquinas, Montaigne, Hume, Ravaisson, Merleau-Ponty, William James, John Dewey, Bourdieu, among others. Specific selections will depend in part on student interest. Some presentations and response papers will be required.

Recommended texts include:
Galen Cranz, The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body, and Design (1998)
Tom Sparrow and Adam Hutchinson, “A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bourdieu” (Lexington Books, 2013)
Richard Schusterman, Body Consciousness: A Philosophy of Mindfulness and Somaesthetics (Cambridge University Press, 2008)