publication . Doctoral thesis . 2013

Transcendental in Hans Urs von Balthasar’s theological aesthetics and its significance for Chinese academic aesthetics

Peng, Sheng-Yu;
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  • Published: 26 Nov 2013
  • Publisher: The University of Edinburgh
  • Country: United Kingdom
This thesis begins a dialogue between Hans Urs von Balthasar’s theological aesthetics and Chinese academic aesthetics. We identify a tension between aesthetics and religion in Chinese academic aesthetics, and argue that a dialogue with von Balthasar’s work has the potential to contribute to the development of Chinese academic aesthetics with regard to overcoming that tension. In order to set a ground for the dialogue, von Balthasar’s theological aesthetics is examined in Part I. His theological aesthetics reveals that genuine beauty can never be fully accounted for by a perspective based in modern aesthetics, an aesthetics that limits itself to worldly categorie...
free text keywords: von Balthasar, aesthetics, theology, theological aesthetics, beauty, glory
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