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This e-book maintains the sequence modern Philosophy (International Institute of Philosophy), which surveys major developments in modern philosophy. the recent quantity on Aesthetics, comprising nineteen surveys, exhibits the diversity of techniques to Aesthetics in a number of cultures. The shut connection among aesthetics and faith and among aesthetics and ethics is emphasised in numerous contributions.
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Then his consciousness of ethics is worthy of notice. According to him, self-care is, on one hand, toward our bodily health through medicine; and, on the other, toward our mind and cultivation. That is why Foucault requires ethics of the aesthetics of existence. Is there something common between Chogyu and Foucault when both thinkers dared to conceive an idea of an aesthetic life? The bibliographical and textual evidence would prove that they highly appreciated Nietzsche’s thought. ) must have surely impressed both Chogyu and Foucault.
By making use of IT, a variety of new arts has evolved. Formerly, technology only meant the improvement of human life, leading to the prosperity of a nation. Now, IT can take us to another world. IT products, from computers to multi-media, are turning anything conceptual into existence as objects or images, forcefully exciting our senses almost to confuse between reality and illusion. Surrounded by a flood of images, pictures and representations, we are forced to accept « pictorial turn » (Mitchell2) away from « linguistic turn » (Rorty, 1967).
What satisfies desires from instinct and human nature is called the aesthetic life by Chogyu’s definition. Though morality and reason are the most essential powers that make human beings superior to any other animals, those capacities that will make us happy are neither morality nor reason, but instinct. Pleasure of life lies, in the last analysis, in fulfillment of sexual desire. Chogyu’s tone sounds like simple biologism or vitalism, differing from intellectualism that seeks knowledge, goodness and virtue.