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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

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Front Phil Chin    2009, Vol. 4 Issue (1) : 52-63     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-009-0004-7
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The boundaries of beauty in Pre-Qin Confucian aesthetics
ZHANG Qian()
School of Art and Design, Wuhan Technology University, Wuhan 430070, China
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“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.

Keywords beauty      Pre-Qin Confucian aesthetics      boundary      feeling      wen     
Corresponding Authors: ZHANG Qian,   
Issue Date: 05 March 2009
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