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Drawing on theories of lovemaking from ancient Asian and Western cultures, this book provides a new aesthetics of erotic love.
1. Ars Erotica and the question of aesthetics; 2. Dialectics of desire and virtue; 3. The biblical tradition; 4. Chinese Qi erotics; 5. Lovemaking as aesthetic education; 6. Fragrance, veils, and violence; 7. From romantic refinement to courtesan conoisseurship; 8. Commingling, complexity, and conflict.
Richard Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities at Florida Atlantic University. His books include Pragmatist Aesthetics (published in fifteen languages) as well as Body Consciousness and Thinking through the Body. For his pioneering work in philosophy and somaesthetics the French awarded him as Chevalier des Palmes Academiques.