On the Western reception of Indian Aesthetics

Wilkinson, Robert (2003). On the Western reception of Indian Aesthetics. In: Sasaki, Ken-ichi and Otabe, Tanehisa eds. The Great Book of Aesthetics (CD-ROM). Tokyo: Japanese Society of Aesthetics.


This is an essay in comparative aesthetics. The history of the reception of Indian aesthetics in the UK is a history of non-reception. This essay argues that the reasons for this neglect go beyond cultural arrogance, and can be traced to deep differences in the philosophical presuppositions of Indian and Western aesthetics respectively, especially those rooted in non-Western goal of nirvana.

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