Four Essays on Aesthetics: Toward a Global View

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Lexington Books, 2006 - Philosophy - 205 pages
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A classic in Chinese Philosophy of Aesthetics for the last twenty years, Li Zehou's Four Essays on Aesthetics (Meixue-sijiang) is finally translated in English to bring philosophical insight to Western readers. Li's seminal work focuses on the widely debated philosophies in China concerning the origins, manifestations, importance, and transformative power of beauty, art, and aesthetic experiences. Drawing upon the influences of both Eastern and Western philosophers and writers, Li discusses the origination of the practices of beauty and aesthetics, and the origins of art credited to Shamanistic rituals, while rejecting the concepts of Western aesthetics and embracing the traditional Chinese purpose for art: to mold human minds. He stresses the importance of the involvement of aesthetic philosophers to advocate technology and aspects of society that will contribute to the harmony among individuals, environments, and social relationships.
 

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Contents

Philosophical Aesthetics
17
A Philosophy of Historical Ontology
31
BEAUTY
45
The Root of Beauty
47
Beauty of Society and Nature
63
THE AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE
81
A New Sensuousness
83
Aesthetic Process and Structure
97
The Stratification of Form and Primitive Sedimentation
127
The Stratification of Image and Art Sedimentation
143
The Stratification of Significance and Life Sedimentation
159
Conversations Between Zehou Li and Jane Cauvel
169
Glossary
185
Bibliography
189
Index
193
About the Authors

Aesthetic Types
115
ART
125

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Jane Cauvel is professor emerita at The Colorado College. Li Zehou is widely regarded as ChinaOs leading scholar of traditional and modern intellectual history and philosophy. Placed under house arrest for three years in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Massacre, he was granted permanent resident status in the United States in 1991.

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