Aesthetics and Politics of Space in Russia and Japan

Aesthetics and Politics of Space in Russia and Japan : A Comparative Philosophical Study

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Aesthetics and Politics of Space in Russia and Japan: A Comparative Philosophical Study examines the parallels between Russian and Japanese philosophies and religions by revealing a common concept of space in Russian and Japanese aesthetics and political theories. Thorsten Botz-Bornstein shows points of convergence between the two traditions regarding the treatment of space within the realm of identity (both individual and communal), and in formulations of the relationship between regionalism, localism and globalism.show more

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  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739130684
  • 9780739130681
  • 1,754,884

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This erudite, expansive book undertakes a study of convergences-as distinct from comparisons- between the aesthetic manifestations and political implications of Russian and Japanese philosophies of space... Aesthetics and Politics of Space is a generative example of recent scholarship engaged in repositioning both Russian and East Asian studies in a dynamic inter-Asian field of comparison or "convergence," to use Botz-Bornstein's own term. Slavic and East European Journal An intellectual tour-de-force, Aesthetics and Politics of Space in Russia and Japan succeeds admirably on several fronts, including its presentation of the first sustained comparison of philosophies from Japan and Russia and the introduction of Botz-Bornstein's original concept of "convergence" as a convincing countermeasure to the facile critiques that modern scholars have often leveled against the alleged "totalitarianism" of major Japanese and Russian thinkers. This is a work of philosophy as well as on philosophy-a rare combination that makes this book required reading for anyone who cannot afford to ignore the world in which s/he lives. -- Michael F. Marra, University of California, Los Angelesshow more

About Thorsten Botz-Bornstein

Thorsten Botz-Bornstein is assistant professor of philosophy at Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Historical Foundations of Russian and Japanese Philosophies Chapter 2: Space in Noh-Plays and Icons Chapter 3: Models of Cultural Space Derived from NISHIDA Kitaro and Semen L. Frank (basho and sobornost') Chapter 4: Space and Aesthetics: A Dialogue Between NISHIDA Kitaro and Mikhail Bakhtin Chapter 5: From Community to Time-Space- Development: Trubetzkoy, Nishida, Watsuji Chapter 6 Conclusion Chapter 7 Postface: Resistance- and Slave Nationsshow more