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Japanese Aesthetic Categories Mono-No Aware and Yugen and Late Hellenistic Aesthetics in Literature and Plotinus’s Works in the Context of Cross-Cultural Comparativistics
School of Asian Studies
This paper represents a comparative research on the aesthetic tradition of medieval Japanese ideals of perishable and hidden beauty and Late Hellenistic ideas found in literature and Plotinus’s works. After the study of historical, social, philosophical and religious patterns of development of both cultures and that of the very meaning of aesthetic terms and ideals in the context of philosophical and literary thought, research positively answers the question if the ideas are really similar. The paper studies how the ideas correspond to each other and demonstrates main idealistic similarities and differences . At the same time it pays attention to similarities and differences in form or usage, especially, the originality of yugen usage as a systematic criteria for lyrics.