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Formulates a general and tentative definition of aesthetics in China from early discussions of music [6]


This study of theories of music and art in China from the classical period to the Six Dynasties is based on analysis and interpretation of textual and archaeological evidence. Its wide-ranging sources include mythology, aesthetic philosophy, musical lore, and notation systems. The evolution of theories of music and art is considered in the context of cosmological and moral philosophy.

Kenneth J. DeWoskin is Associate Professor of Chinese language and Literature and Professor of business administration at the University of Michigan.