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The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition (review)

The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition (review) The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition. By Li Zehou. Translated by Maija Bell Samei. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2010. Pp. xii + 257. Reviewed by Marthe Chandler DePauw University Li Zehou is one of the most important Chinese philosophers in the post-Mao era. Although his work on Kant has had an enormous influence on contemporary Chinese philosophy, Li's writings on Kant have been largely unavailable in English. The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition begins to remedy this. Maija Bell Samei's translation of Li's Huaxia meixue (Beijing: Zhongwai Chubangongsi, 1989) presents an account of the development of Chinese aesthetics that covers much the same ground as Li's popular The Path of Beauty (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1994) but with more philosophical depth and attention to Li's interpretation of Kant. The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition begins by describing how thousands of years of living in Stone Age communities produced a uniquely human cultural-psychological structure. Li argues that a distinctively Confucian aesthetic tradition emerged from the shamanistic rituals of Neolithic China, a tradition that deepened and strengthened over its long history, but continued to be fundamentally Confucian. Drawing on such diverse sources as Karl Marx, Clifford Geertz, Susan Langer, prehistoric cave paintings, taotie, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 62 (1) – Jan 1, 2012

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The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition. By Li Zehou. Translated by Maija Bell Samei. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2010. Pp. xii + 257. Reviewed by Marthe Chandler DePauw University Li Zehou is one of the most important Chinese philosophers in the post-Mao era. Although his work on Kant has had an enormous influence on contemporary Chinese philosophy, Li's writings on Kant have been largely unavailable in English. The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition begins to remedy this. Maija Bell Samei's translation of Li's Huaxia meixue (Beijing: Zhongwai Chubangongsi, 1989) presents an account of the development of Chinese aesthetics that covers much the same ground as Li's popular The Path of Beauty (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1994) but with more philosophical depth and attention to Li's interpretation of Kant. The Chinese Aesthetic Tradition begins by describing how thousands of years of living in Stone Age communities produced a uniquely human cultural-psychological structure. Li argues that a distinctively Confucian aesthetic tradition emerged from the shamanistic rituals of Neolithic China, a tradition that deepened and strengthened over its long history, but continued to be fundamentally Confucian. Drawing on such diverse sources as Karl Marx, Clifford Geertz, Susan Langer, prehistoric cave paintings, taotie, the

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Published: Jan 1, 2012

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