A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics by Donald Richie

By Donald Richie

This provocative publication is a tractate—a treatise—on good looks in eastern paintings, written within the demeanour of a zuihitsu, a free-ranging collection of principles that “follow the brush” anyplace it leads. Donald Richie appears to be like at how perceptual values in Japan have been drawn from uncooked nature after which changed via dependent expressions of sophistication and style. He explains aesthetic strategies like wabi, sabi, conscious, and yugen, and ponders their relevance in artwork and cinema today.

Donald Richie is the main explorer of jap tradition in English, and this paintings is the fruits of sixty years of gazing and writing from his domestic in Tokyo.

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David Hume, Of the Standard of Taste and Other Essays, ed. John W. Lenz (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill. 1965). 38 According to Hutcheson. beauty is not a quality of things; the term 'beauty' stands for the idea that certain qualities of things evoke in the mind. Our natural power to receive the idea of beauty when confronted by such qualities is analogous to perception: it is a "sense" of beauty. • direct) delight. One such quality is formal: the compound ratio of uniformity in variety; if either of these is kept constant, "beauty" varies with the other.

Knowledge of what is the case) and mere thought, as the Critique of Pure Reason IlThe distinction between these two kinds of universal laws is not drawn explicitly in the Critique of Pure Reason (see. • A 691 = B 719, A 273 = B 329); but we do find it so drawn in the Critique of Judgment (AI<. 181). as well as in the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Sciellce (Ak. IV, 469-70). See also James W. ith the Prolegomena, as Immanuel Kant, Philosophy of Material Nature (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1985).

The standard of taste, the standard for judging beauty, is empirical: it is our common human nature, the sensibility we have for appreciating uniformity in variety; if we do not find universal agreement regarding judgments of taste. it is only because we become prejudiced by making irrelevant associations. Hume. treating judgments of taste as he does moral judgments, also denies that beauty is a quality of things, and speaks of a "sense" or "feeling" of beauty, an ability to receive pleasure from the perception of certain qualities of things.

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