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ERIC Number: EJ790174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
A Critical Reflection on a Suggested Return to Aesthetic Experience in Socialist China
Man, Eva Kit Wah
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v35 n4 p47-55 Win 2001
It is said that aestheticians today, including art critics and philosophers, are yearning for some kind of salvation for contemporary art. This salvation would come in the form of a return to aesthetic experience that would act as a foundation enabling resistance to pure discursive reflection and intertextuality. These debates concerning ontologically based norms are among the most important in contemporary Western aesthetics. What is interesting is that these same concerns are shared by a group of the younger generation of aestheticians in Communist China. The so called "aesthetic Ganxing," a new term suggested to replace the old word "aesthetic experience," has become the central concept of the aesthetics system these scholars are developing. In this article, the author discusses whether such concepts are new and examines the direction in which they are developing. He introduces the ways a group of young scholars in the People's Republic of China have struggled with some of the similar issues. The author asserts that their base is not on postmodern theories, the notion of the decentered subject, the problems of signs or meaning, but a modern discussion of materialism, metaphysics, and subject-object relations. As aestheticians in the West are returning to the concern about aesthetic experience, so are the young scholars in new China. There is much to be learned for both the East and the West by sharing their similar visions and concerns. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China