The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

2016.05.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Arindam Chakrabarti (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Bloomsbury, 2016,
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2016.05.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Arindam Chakrabarti (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Bloomsbury, 2016, 417pp., $172.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472528353. Reviewed by Jay L Garfield, Smith College/Yale-NUS College Aesthetics, while always somewhat peripheral to Western philosophy, has always been at the center of Indian philosophy. It is therefore essential, if one wants to understand debates in Indian philosophy, to attend to Indian aesthetic theory. Moreover, because of this centrality, Indian aesthetic theory has evolved in continuous debate over millennia into a sophisticated and contested body of theory. It is therefore a rich source of aesthetic insight for anyone interested in aesthetics per se. Indian aesthetic theory differs in its orientation from much Western aesthetic theory in certain respects. First, while most Western aestheticians take the core cases of art to be enduring. . .

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