The MWS Podcast 120: Lisa Miracchi on Yoga & Philosophy

Our guest today is Lisa Miracchi. Lisa is a philosophy professor at the University of Pennsylvania . She’s presently teaching a seminar entitled “Yoga and Philosophy’ in which she argues that yoga is philosophy in physical form and this will be the topic of our discussion.

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About Barry Daniel

I live in the Lake District in the UK where I run a guesthouse with my partner Kate and my cat Manuel. I enjoy painting, hillwalking, reading, visiting and entertaining friends, T’ai Chi and playing the guitar. I’m engaged to a certain degree in the local community, as a volunteer with Samaritans and I’m a fairly active member of the local Green party. I’ve had a relatively intuitive sense of the Middle Way most of my adult life but it found a greater articulation and a practical direction through joining the society. It’s also been interesting and great fun engaging with other people with a similar outlook. My main contribution to the society is conducting the podcast interviews, something that gives me a lot of satisfaction and that I’ve learnt a lot from.

One thought on “The MWS Podcast 120: Lisa Miracchi on Yoga & Philosophy

  1. A very interesting interview. It’s fascinating to see someone working in the ambiguous territory between an embodied practice like yoga and philosophy, though interestingly (I found with some relief) this was much more about the implications of yoga than it was about philosophy! I get the impression that she’s beginning to question various aspects of the analytic/ naturalistic philosophical tradition on the strength of her practice, but hasn’t quite worked out the full implications yet. For example, she expressed openness around the fact-value distinction but didn’t follow through any of the implications, given how much the entirety of the analytic approach depends on the fact-value distinction. Her practical valuing of the Middle Way doesn’t seem to have led her to question atheism and materialism, or other metaphysical assumptions, either. But it’s all a process. I hope she will continue to think further about the philosophical implications of the practical perspective she has developed, and be willing to push the boundaries!

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