Aesthetics of Everyday Life: East and West


Aesthetics of Everyday Life: East and West



As a new trend in aesthetics appearing concurrently in the West and the East in the last ten years, the aesthetics of everyday life points to a growing diversification among existing methodologies for pursuing aesthetics, alongside the shift from art-based aesthetics. The cultural diversity manifest in global aesthetics offers common ground for the collaborative efforts of aesthetics in both the West and the East. Given the rapidly growing interest and its potential for attracting new audiences extending beyond the more narrowly focused traditions of twentieth-century analytic and environmental aesthetics, it stands to command its own share of attention in the future of aesthetic studies.

The aesthetics of everyday life has become a stream of thought with a global ambition. This interest has led to numerous systematic and in-depth works on this topic, some of which were conducted by the authors represented in this volume. A salient feature of this book is that it not only represents the recent developments of the aesthetics of everyday life in the West, but also highlights the interaction between scholars in the West and the East on this topic. Thus, the project is a contribution toward mutual progress in the collaboration between Western and Eastern aesthetics. What distinguishes this book from other anthologies and monographs on this topic is that it reconstructs the aesthetics of everyday life through cultural dialogue between the West and the East, with a view to building a new form of aesthetics of everyday life, as seen from a global perspective.

At present, the aesthetics of everyday life as a newly emergent approach to aesthetics may encounter skepticism among aestheticians accustomed to the rigors of analytic philosophers who prefer to discuss aesthetics at the level of abstract concepts and argument, and who tolerate the particulars of experience mainly as illustrations. But, there is no reason to abandon the pursuit of the aesthetics of everyday life in the face of such objections. On the contrary, there are many benefits to gain in bringing aesthetics to bear on a wider sphere of human life, made possible through efforts to show the relevance of aesthetics to a broader range of human actions.



Publication Date



Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Newcastle upon Tyne




Table of Contents

Introduction / Curtis L. Carter

Pt. I Aesthetics and Everyday Life

Transformations in Art and Aesthetics / Arnold Berleant

"Living Aesthetics" from the Perspective of the Intercultural Turn / Liu Yuedi

Everyday Aesthetics and Happiness / Thomas Leddy

The Dilemma of Everyday Aesthetics / Allen Carlson

Foucault's Aesthetics of Existence and the Ethics of Authenticity / Heinz Paetzold

Pt. II The Arts in Everyday Life Aesthetics

Art Photography and Everyday Life / Curtis L. Carter

Theatre and the Everyday: Three Models / Susan L. Feagin

The Found Avant-Garde / Adile Jale Erzen

The Aesthetics of Adornments / Stephen Davies

Pt. III Eastern Wisdom and Everyday Life Aesthetics

Damask Napkins and the Train from Sichuan: Aesthetic Experience and Ordinary Things / Mary B. Wiseman

Everyday Aesthetics in the Japanese Tradition / Yuriko Saito

The Modern Issue of the Living Aesthetics of Traditional Chinese Scholars / Pan Fan

The Transition of Aesthetics in China and a New Paradigm of Living Aesthetics / Wang Que

Aesthetics of Everyday Life: East and West