13A kantian reading of aesthetic freedom and complete human nature nourished through art in a classical Chinese artistic contextAsian Philosophy 29 (2): 128-143. 2019.ABSTRACTIn this paper, I will show that classical Chinese artists adopted either Daoist or Chan Buddhist meditation to cultivate their mind to be in accord with the Dao, and that their view of the...
8Genius as an Innate Mental Talent of Idea-giving in Chinese Painting and KantPhilosophy East and West 70 (2): 354-373. 2020.According to the Song critic Guo Ruoxu, the last five laws by Xie He are "open to study," while qiyun 氣韻 "necessarily involves an innate knowledge; it assuredly cannot be secured through cleverness or close application, nor will time aid its attainment. It is an unspoken accord, a spiritual communion; 'something that happens without one's knowing how'".1 For Guo Ruoxu, although the qiyun within a work refers to the quality of a painting and cannot be identical with the qiyun of the artist, the a…Read more
This book discusses qiyun aesthetics in Chinese painting formulated by leading sixth to fourteenth-century intellectual elite. In light of Kant’s account of artistic genius, it considers the role of the mind in creating a painting replete with qiyun, thereby both demystifying qiyun aesthetics and illuminating some limitations in Kant’s aesthetics.
Southeast UniversityFaculty of Art TheoryLecturer
University of Liverpool
Department of Philosophy