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ERIC Number: EJ825832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Pragmatist Aesthetics and Confucianism
Shusterman, Richard
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v43 n1 p18-29 Spr 2009
After underlining the diversity of the Chinese and pragmatist philosophical traditions (which makes essentialist generalizing problematic), this paper examines the idea that a transcultural dialogue between them could generate a more resourceful new philosophy for our increasingly global culture. Since transcultural dialogue is facilitated by already existing affinities, I examine some distinctive convergences between Confucianism and pragmatist aesthetic theory. Both share an orientation to theory that is deeply guided by practice, and both advocate a more than narrowly aesthetic meliorist dimension of improving our humanity through aesthetic experience in art but also in other areas of life. Aesthetic experience is thus not only informed by ethical and social values but also serves to promote them. Insisting on the essential connection (rather than polar opposition) between nature and culture, Confucianism and pragmatist aesthetics, also highlight the importance of means--not only as instrumentalities but in the sense of flexible, harmonizing balances that avoid extremes. The remainder of the paper explores the integration of aesthetic, ethical, and social dimensions of self-cultivation and shows how both Confucianism and pragmatist aesthetics particularly affirm the body's role in cultivating both self and society. (Contains 21 notes.)
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Language: English
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