Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art (Contemporary Philosophy: A

The current quantity is a continuation of the sequence modern Philosophy (International Institute of Philosophy). As with the sooner volumes within the sequence, the current chronicles purport to offer a survey of vital traits in modern philosophy.

This quantity on Aesthetics, containing nineteen surveys, exhibits the diversity of methods to Aesthetics in quite a few cultures. The shut connection among aesthetics and faith and among aesthetics and ethics is emphasised in numerous contributions.

The chronicles are quite often written in English, French and German. within the current quantity ten surveys are written in English, 8 in French and one in German. The bibliographical references, with a few exceptions, persist with the development brought in past volumes. The bibliographies themselves often keep on with on the finish of every chronicle prepared in alphabetical order. The bibliographies are chosen and organized by way of the authors themselves.

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Here we can see Leibniz’s distinction in mode of ideas. The recognition of the truth is produced by clear and distinct ideas as Descartes claimed. Only clear and distinct knowledge is relevant to philosophy, while aesthetics does not require such ideas, only clear and confused ideas. To Baumgarten, aesthetics is meaningful on condition that an object has the effect of giving a vivid impression and that the beautiful is more positive in value than deformity. In other words, what is important in aesthetics is vivid perception rather than the clearness of ideas (Aesthetica, sec.

Surrounded by a flood of images, pictures and representations, we are forced to accept « pictorial turn » (Mitchell2) away from « linguistic turn » (Rorty, 1967). Thus, we can experience two types of aesthetics: an aesthetic experience of a real, existing life world and that of a virtual, illusionary world, which is very similar to life world on the surface. We need to distinguish between the two different types of aesthetics. Modern aesthetics, while arguing about illusionism through imitation, based its substantial concept on a tangible, concrete reality; contemporary aesthetics is required to argue about representations by virtual reality.

In the next period, « the Russo-Japanese War and the First World War were effective in promoting ideas of individualism which liberated narrow-minded nationalism and led wider interests in world-wide views and in social problems » (Inoue, 58). Along with divisions of stages, Inoue classified thoughts into two types according to William James, both of which were not to be found before the Meiji era: one is a tough-minded philosophy which comprises material, economical, objective, practical and utilitarian ideas; the other is a tender-minded philosophy which tends to be spiritual, transcendental, subjective, moral and religious (Inoue, 59), to which Chogyu’s way of thought may have belonged.

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