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Author name The Korean Companion to Aesthetics
 Publication Date 2007.05.25
 Language Korean
 Format paperback
 Pages 1096 pages
 ISBN 978-89-521-0792-3 (94600)
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The second volume of The Korean Companion to Aesthetics, "Problems and Methods of Aesthetics", deals with key concepts and methodology of aesthetics, which are, respectively, entitled "The Basic Problems of Aesthetics" and "The Methods and Developments of Modern Aesthetics". After the historical survey of aesthetics in the first volume, the first part of the second volume consists of the basic concepts which are important diachronically in the history of aesthetics. The first part of this volume aims at improving the reader's understanding of the basic concepts and disputes of aesthetics, which he/she might, in most cases, come across, while studying aesthetics. These foundational considerations are based in the ancient discussions concerning beauty and art, including concepts generating from the formation of the notion of 'the aesthetic' in 17th century, and those related to the concept of 'fine arts' in 18th century. The notion of 'the aesthetic', the key concept which made it possible to establish aesthetics as an academic discipline, is scrutinized in the context of Anglo-American aesthetics and German aesthetics, respectively. Since aesthetics is a branch of philosophy, it is customary that aesthetics consists of the two philosophical traditions. Even though the two different philosophies have generally dealt with almost the same basic problems of aesthetics, the methods to conceive and solve the problems have been very different. Therefore, the concepts included in this first part are described in terms of one of these traditions.
The difference between Anglo-American or Analytic aesthetics and German or Continental aesthetics becomes more vivid in the second part of this volume, which deals with the methods of aesthetics. In this part we mainly introduce the many methods of Continental aesthetics, but it must be noted that they are not distinctive and exclusive to each other, since many major aestheticians, i.e. major philosophers, used several methods together idiosyncratically. We must keep in mind that the classification of aesthetic or philosophical methods in this part is not absolute, nor objective. For example, any major theory may make explicit or suggest the way things, including works of art, exist and the way art functions in the society to which they belong. In this case we can discuss the theory in terms of ontology and/or in terms of sociological aesthetics. Therefore, if a thinker is classified as a sociological aesthetician, it only means that his/her major concern is the relation between fine arts and society.
There seem few methods in Analytic aesthetics compared to Continental aesthetics, unless we scrutinize it finely. This can be explained in terms of the empirical orientation of Analytic aesthetics, which tries traditionally to postulate as little metaphysical assumptions as possible. In other words, while Continental aesthetics has developed many different methods according to different assumptions of the world and fine arts, Analytic aesthetics has focused on the explanation of a particular area or field, which is supposed to be explained in terms of experience only, instead of the systematic explanation of the whole. The reader will be able to understand why the structure of this part seems apparently unsystematic, as long as he/she keeps in mind the difference between the two philosophical traditions.

Oh, Chong-hwan
The Korean Companion to Aesthetics

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