7. Man a Machine, Man a Yogi

Why Yoga's Critics will Come Around

  1. Liz Stillwaggon Swan PhD
  1. J. Neil Otte

Published Online: 6 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118121450.ch7

Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body

How to Cite

Otte, J. N. (2011) Man a Machine, Man a Yogi, in Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body (ed L. S. Swan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118121450.ch7

Author Information

  1. John Jay College, New York City, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 14 OCT 2011

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470658802

Online ISBN: 9781118121450

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Keywords:

  • man a machine, man a yogi and yoga's critics;
  • different schools, different goals and practices;
  • Patañjali's Yoga Sutras, the Ashtanga, eight-limbed practice;
  • urdhva mukha svanasana, or upward-facing dog;
  • Descartes, Meditations, minds as captains, bodies as ships;
  • Patañjali's weak dualism, the mind–body problem;
  • Alberti von Haller's Primae Lineae Physiologiae;
  • treating bodies, as machines with interworking parts;
  • Western medicine, strictly materialist orientation;
  • yoga, two primary lines of criticism

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Classical Tradition

  • Descartes: Minds as Captains, Bodies as Ships

  • Rejecting Descartes: Ships Passing in the Night