Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy


Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was engaged in the world not only as a scholarly expositor of traditional culture and philosophy, but also as a radical critic of contemporary life.

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was engaged in the world not only as a scholarly expositor of traditional culture and philosophy, but also as a radical critic of contemporary life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941532464
  • Publisher: World Wisdom
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Perennial Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 984,142
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
Prologue : a fateful meeting of minds : A. K. Coomaraswamy and R. Guenon 7
1 A figure of speech or a figure of thought? 21
2 The bugbear of literacy 53
3 On the pertinence of philosophy 67
4 Eastern wisdom and Western knowledge 87
5 Beauty and truth 97
6 The interpretation of symbols 103
7 Why exhibit works of art? 111
8 The Christian and Oriental, or true, philosophy of art 123
9 Is art a superstition, or a way of life? 153
10 The nature of medieval art 173
11 Ars sine scientia nihil 177
12 Imitation, expression, and participation 181
13 Samvega : "aesthetic shock" 193
14 What is civilization? 201
15 The nature of "folklore" and "popular art" 213
16 Primitive mentality 225
17 The coming to birth of the spirit 247
18 Quod factum est in ipso vita erat 261
19 The Hindu tradition : the myth 267
20 The Hindu tradition : theology and autology 275
Glossary of foreign terms and phrases 291
Bibliographical references 295
Biographical notes 299
Index 301
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