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Weaving between cultures and time periods, the author focuses on a remarkably wide range of theories: in the West, the Kantian notion of disinterested contemplation, Heidegger's Gelassenheit, semiotics, and pragmatism; in Japan, Zeami's notion of riken no ken, the Kyoto School's interpretation of nothingness, D.T. Suzuki's analysis of the function of no-mind, and the writings of Kuki Shuzo on Buddhist detachment. "Portrait of the artist" fiction by such writers as Henry James, James Joyce, Mori Ogai, and Natsume Soseki demonstrates how the main theme of detachment is expressed in literary traditions. The role of sympathy or pragmatism in relation to disinterest is examined, suggesting conflicts within or challenges to the notion of detachment.
Author Bio: Steve Odin is professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii, where he teaches Japanese and comparative philosophy. He is the author of The Social Self in Zen and American Pragmatism.
|Introduction: Artistic Detachment as an Intercultural Theme||1|
|Pt. 1||Artistic Detachment East and West|
|1||Artistic Detachment in Western Aesthetics||27|
|2||Artistic Detachment in Japanese Aesthetics||99|
|3||An East-West Phenomenology of the Aesthetic Attitude||170|
|Pt. 2||Psychic Distance in Literature East and West|
|4||Psychic Distance in Modern Western Literature||199|
|5||Psychic Distance in Modern Japanese Literature||214|
|Index of Names||291|