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By Kang Liu

ISBN-10: 0822324482

ISBN-13: 9780822324485

Although chinese language Marxism—primarily represented by way of Maoism—is in most cases noticeable by means of Western intellectuals as monolithic, Liu Kang argues that its practices and tasks are as assorted as these in Western Marxism, really within the zone of aesthetics. during this comparative examine of ecu and chinese language Marxist traditions, Liu finds the level to which chinese language Marxists include principles approximately aesthetics and tradition of their theories and practices. In doing so, he constructs a totally new knowing of chinese language Marxism. faraway from being secondary concerns in chinese language Marxism, aesthetics and tradition are in truth important matters. during this recognize, such Marxists are just like their Western opposite numbers, even though Europeans have had little figuring out of the chinese language event. Liu lines the family tree of aesthetic discourse in either glossy China and the West because the period of classical German suggestion, exhibiting the place conceptual adjustments and divergences have happened within the traditions. He examines the paintings of Mao Zedong, Lu Xun, Li Zehou, Qu Qiubai, and others in China, and from the West he discusses Kant, Schiller, Schopenhauer, and Marxist theorists together with Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, and Marcuse. whereas stressing the range of Marxist positions inside China in addition to within the West, Liu explains how principles of tradition and aesthetics have provided a positive imaginative and prescient for a postrevolutionary society and feature affected a large box of concerns regarding the issues of modernity. Forcefully argued and theoretically refined, this ebook will attract scholars and students of up to date Marxism, cultural stories, aesthetics, and glossy chinese language tradition, politics, and beliefs.

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The destructive force of desire thus denies its own existence, being seen as a perpetual, inferno-like Buddhist Brahman, the resource from which everything originates and must ultimately return. Such a selfabnegating aesthetic state of desire, or attitude of life, seemed to fit Wang perfectly. His intellectual upbringing was deeply ingrained with the sub20 aesthetics and marxism missive and nihilistic strains of Taoism and Chan (Zen) Buddhism. It is little wonder that Wang was enamored with Schopenhauer’s thought.

Such a selfabnegating aesthetic state of desire, or attitude of life, seemed to fit Wang perfectly. His intellectual upbringing was deeply ingrained with the sub20 aesthetics and marxism missive and nihilistic strains of Taoism and Chan (Zen) Buddhism. It is little wonder that Wang was enamored with Schopenhauer’s thought. ’’ Wang asked rhetorically, and then answered with absolute assurance: It is nothing but yu [desire]. Desire by its nature is insatiable, which originated in the state of lack.

Ethics and morality, in contrast, are susceptible to concrete historical changes, and vary from culture to culture. All the eternal solutions that religion promises can no longer resolve conflicts between different cultural, moral, and ethical systems and values in modern times. Religion can retain its effectivity only in the realm of emotion. But its inability to unite all diverse cultures and values also weakens its emotive and affective efficacy. Aesthetic experience, Cai maintained, works precisely in the realm of emotion.

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