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Comparative Everyday Aesthetics

East-West Studies in Contemporary Living

296 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Leading international scholars present analysis and case studies from different cultural settings, East and West, exploring aesthetic interest and experience in our daily lives at home, in workplaces, using everyday things, in our built and natural environments, and in our relationships and communities. A wide range of views and examples of everyday aesthetics are presented from western philosophical paradigms, from Confucian and Daoist aesthetics, and from the Japanese tradition. All indicate universal features of human aesthetic lives together with their cultural variations. Comparative Everyday Aesthetics is a significant contribution to a key trend in international aesthetics for thinking beyond narrow art-centered conceptions of the aesthetic. It generates global discussions about good, aesthetic, everyday living in all its various aspects. It also promotes aesthetic education for personal, social, and environmental development and presents opportunities for global collaborative projects in philosophical aesthetics.
Author Bio
Eva Kit Wah Man is Kiriyama Professor of The Center for Asia and Pacific Studies at University of San Francisco. She is also an Emeritus Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University. She publishes widely in comparative aesthetics, comparative philosophy, woman studies, feminist philosophy, cultural studies, art and cultural criticism. She was named AMUW Endowed Woman Chair Professor of the 100th Anniversary of Marquette University in the US. She was awarded Outstanding Award in Public Services by Home Affairs Bureau of HKSAR. Jeffrey Petts is an independent scholar. He has published work in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the Journal of Aesthetic Education, Historical Materialism, and the British Journal of Aesthetics. He also has papers translated and published in Chinese journals, China Book Review, and Tianjin Social Science. His book Aesthetics and Design: Value in Everyday Life is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic.