1. Modern Aesthetics System and the Notion of Ganxing
It is said that aestheticians today, including art critics and philosophers, yearn for a return to aesthetic experience, which would act as a foundation enabling resistance to pure discursive reflection and intertextuality. These debates, concerning ontologically based norms, are among the most important in contemporary Western aesthetics. Yet the same concern is shared by a younger generation of aestheticians in Socialist China in the 1990s. The so-called “aesthetic Ganxing,” a term suggested to replace the old term “aesthetic experience,” has become the central concept of an aesthetic system these scholars are developing. The new development reveals issues concerning subjective autonomy and the social context in contemporary Chinese aesthetics.
The new system of aesthetics was first developed in a …(to read more)