The Advaita of Art

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., Jan 1, 1996 - Aesthetics, Indic - 194 pages
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This inquiry is an undertaking to demonstrate that aesthetic experience in the classical Indian tradition, on its own merit, without being subordinated to rituals and practices commonly held under the rubric of religion, is capable of providing a transcendent experience to a prepared aesthete. Dr. Dehejia examines the dynamics of two aesthetics processes, that stemming from aesthetic emotion or rasa and from aesthetic form or rupa, and cogently underpins them within the advaitic epistemology of Kasmir Saivism. The Advaita of Art, Dr. Dehejia argues, is a joyous celebration of affirmation and assertion and not negation.
  

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Contents

Introduction I
1
The Meaning of Meaning
19
Rasabrahman
45
Rupabrahman
65
Paroksdrtha
83
Epistemology of Aesthetics
121
Aesthetic Implications of Divine Consortship
153
Aesthetics and Idealism
169
Epilogue
183
Bibliography
185
Index
191
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