Pragmatist Methods: Experimental Inquiry, Somaesthetics, and Performance Praxis

  • Eric MullisEmail author
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


This chapter examines John Dewey’s theory of inquiry which entails qualitative thinking in response to problematic situations, experimentation, and critical analysis of results. Mullis also discusses somaesthetics, the interdisciplinary field of study which advocates for pluralist inquiry aimed at improving the quality of bodily experience. He considers why theatrical performance has not been sufficiently engaged by those working in the field and, drawing on Dewey’s understanding of experimental inquiry and aesthetic experience, he argues that the methods and aims of Pragmatist philosophy are consistent with those of contemporary performance research. The chapter concludes by posing a problem regarding the cultural marginality of contemporary performance.


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  1. 1.Queens University of CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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