Focillon, Bergson and Buddhist aesthetics: a point in Focillon's reception of Japanese art

Wilkinson, Bob (2012). Focillon, Bergson and Buddhist aesthetics: a point in Focillon's reception of Japanese art. Contrastes: Supplemento, 17 pp. 275–288.

Abstract

Focillon fastens exactly on a deep difference in the understanding of aesthetic contemplation in the Western and Eastern traditions. Western analyses presuppose and embody assumptions about the ontological ultimacy of individuals that are absent from Eastern traditions in which the ultimate is conceived of as nothingness. Focillon grasped this, and his views are contrasted with those of Bergson, as well as being confirmed by his contemporary, the eminent Japanese philosopher Nishida.

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