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Title: Nature, Engagement, Empathy: 'Yijing' as a Chinese Ecological Aesthetics
Contributor(s): Li, Qi (author); Ryan, John C  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3197/096327117X14913285800698
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Abstract: The ancient aesthetics of 'yijing' has played a crucial role in traditional Chinese philosophy, literature and art since the eighth century CE. Defined variously by early and contemporary writers, 'yijing' links an artist's emotional domain to objects in the world. This article conceptualises 'yijing' as an ecological aesthetics and distinguishes it from an environmental aesthetics. In particular, two aspects of 'yijing' render it an eco-aesthetics: subject-object correspondence (or 'engagement'); and empathic identification with the environment (or 'bio-empathy'). Three brief case studies from urban planning, environmental conservation and the creative arts demonstrate the contemporary importance of 'yijing' to ecological issues.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Environmental Values, 26(3), p. 343-364
Publisher: The White Horse Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0963-2719
Field of Research (FOR): 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
200508 Other Literatures in English
200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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