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The Boundaries of Beauty in Pre-Qin Confucian Aesthetics

Zhang Qian
Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Vol. 4, No. 1 (Mar., 2009), pp. 52-63
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40343908
Page Count: 12
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The Boundaries of Beauty in Pre-Qin Confucian Aesthetics
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Abstract

"Beauty" is a very important concept in Pre-Qin Confucian aesthetics. Pre-Qin Confucian aesthetics generally had two viewpoints when defining beauty: Negatively, by stressing that "beauty" in the aesthetic sense was not "good"; and positively, by stressing two factors: one, that beauty was related to "feeling" which was not an animal instinct, the other was that "beauty" was a special texture with a particular meaning. "Beauty" in Pre-Qin Confucian aesthetics may be defined as "texture (or form)" capable of communicating feeling or triggering a reaction of feeling. /// "美" 在先秦儒家美学 是个重要概念。先秦儒家美学对这个概念的界定 是从两个大的方面入手的; 否定的方法,强调审美在义上的 "美" 不是 "苦"; 肯 定的方法,—方面强调美与 "情" 有关,这种情不是外二月快感,另·方面强调 "美" 是-种特殊的形式,是·种有特定意义的 "文"。先秦儒家美学之 "美" 可以界定 为能传达情感或引起情感反应的 "文"。

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