Tattoos - Philosophy for EveryoneI Ink, Therefore I Am
Philosophy for Everyone, Band 57 1. Aufl.
Covering philosophical issues ranging from tattooed religious symbols to a feminist aesthetics of tattoo, Tattoos and Philosophy offers an enthusiastic analysis of inking that will lead readers to consider the nature of the tattooing arts in a new and profound way. Contains chapters written by philosophers (most all with tattoos themselves), tattoo artists, and tattoo enthusiasts that touch upon many areas in Western and Eastern philosophy Enlightens people to the nature of tattoos and the tattooing arts, leading readers to think deeply about tattoos in new ways Offers thoughtful and humorous insights that make philosophical ideas accessible to the non-philosopher
I Ink, Therefore I Foreword x Rocky Rakovic I Am, Therefore I Ink: An Introduction to Tattoos – Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am xiv Robert Arp Acknowledgments xxvii SHEET I THE HISTORY AND NATURE OF TATTOOS 1 1 Tattoos and the Tattooing Arts in Perspective: An Overview and Some Preliminary Observations 3 Charles Taliaferro and Mark Odden 2 How to Read a Tattoo, and Other Perilous Quests 14 Juniper Ellis SHEET II TATTOOS AND ART 27 3 Are Tattoos Art? 29 Nicolas Michaud 4 Fleshy Canvas: The Aesthetics of Tattoos from Feminist and Hermeneutical Perspectives 38 Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray and Tanya Rodriguez SHEET III THE TATTOOED WOMAN 51 5 Female Tattoos and Graffiti 53 Thorsten Botz-Bornstein 6 Painted Fetters: Tattooing as Feminist Liberation 65 Nancy Kang SHEET IV PERSONAL IDENTITY 81 7 Tattoo You: Personal Identity in Ink 83 Kyle Fruh and Emily Thomas 8 Illusions of Permanence: Tattoos and the Temporary Self 96 Rachel C. Falkenstern 9 My Tattoo May Be Permanent, But My Memory of It Isn't 109 Clancy Smith SHEET V EXPRESSIONS OF FREEDOM 121 10 Tattoos are Forever: Bodily Freedom and the (Im)possibility of Change 123 Felipe Carvalho 11 Bearing the Marks: How Tattoos Reveal Our Embodied Freedom 135 Jonathan Heaps SHEET VI EXPERIENCES AND STORIES SURROUNDING TATTOOS 149 12 Never Merely 'There': Tattooing as a Practice of Writing and a Telling of Stories 151 Wendy Lynne Lee 13 Something Terribly Flawed: Philosophy and ‘The Illustrated Man' 165 Kevin S. Decker SHEET VII ETHICAL CONCERNS 179 14 The Vice of the Tough Tattoo 181 Jennifer Baker 15 To Ink, or Not To Ink: Tattoos and Bioethics 193 Daniel Miori 16 Writing on the Body: The Modern Morality of the Tattoo 206 Simon Woods SHEET VIII EASTERN AND RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVES 219 17 Is a Tattoo a Sign of Impiety? 221 Adam Barkman 18 Confessions of a Tattooed Buddhist Philosopher 230 Joseph J. Lynch 19 An Atheist and a Theist Discuss a Cross Tattoo and God's Existence 242 Robert Arp Notes on Contributors 261
Review from The Scotman 8 June 2012
Robert Arp is a philosopher and ontologist who has taught at numerous colleges and universities. He is the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (2008) and a co-author of Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well (2011), What’s Good on TV: Understanding Ethics through Television (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and Philosophy DeMYSTiFieD (2011); in addition, he is editor of South Park and Philosophy: You Know, I Learned Something Today (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006). Series Editor Fritz Allhoff is an associate professor in the philosophy department at Western Michigan University, as well as a senior research fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. In addition to editing the Philosophy for Everyone series, he is also the volume editor or co-editor for several titles, including Wine and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey and Philosophy (with Marcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food and Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). His academic research interests engage various facets of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history and philosophy of science.
Body art or eyesore, a celebration of individuality, or at very least a conversation piece, tattoos provide fertile ground for philosophical discussion, raising intriguing questions about subjects ranging from aesthetics to feminism and from semiotics to the philosophy of the person. The abundance of tattooed religious symbols also raises questions surrounding the belief in and worship of God, and even the stigma associated with tattoos can initiate discussion on moral and political philosophy. Providing a broad arena for philosophical dialogue, essays include: Tattoos as an expression of freedom Confessions of a tattooed Buddhist philosopher Women and tattoos Tattoos and personal identity Papers, animatedly inked by philosophers (most with tattoos), tattoo artists, and tattoo enthusiasts, offer enlightening insights into the nature of tattoos and the tattooing arts and the rich philosophical analysis that can be drawn from them.
It's about time tattoos got a philosophical treatment like this! Michelle "Bombshell" McGee
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