Seeing Through the Aesthetic Worldview

In Ian Sullivan & Joshua Mason (ed.), One Corner of the Square: Essays on the Philosophy of Roger T. Ames. Honolulu, HI, USA: pp. pp141-150 (2021)
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An examination of Hall and Ames’s claim that the classical Confucian tradition be understood as constituting an aesthetic order. Some have argued that this claim is simply false. However, this claim should be understood not in terms of its literal truth or falsity, but in terms of its usefulness and suggestiveness. It is a general description that can guide inquiry into early Chinese thought. In what follows, I locate Hall and Ames’s “aesthetic order” within a broader interpretive lineage that understands the Chinese tradition as an aesthetic tradition. I show how conceptions of “aesthetic” evolve within that lineage, how Hall and Ames built upon earlier New Confucians, and how their work might be extended further.

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Andrew Lambert
College of Staten Island (CUNY)


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