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Mario Sabattini

immediate world, and attempts to transform this world into an ideal one. Consequently, particular importance is given to the sincerity of the emotions, and to the search for truth through facts. Great Chinese poets, like Qu Yuan, Tao Qian, Yuan Ji, Du Fu, Li Bai, etc., wanted to express, very simply and

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Mario Sabattini

imagination and the emotions as dangers for human nature, and thought to rule them with the intellect. It is debatable whether they can be ruled or not. But even were it possible, depriving oneself of some natural inclination in order to foster others would not, in the end, be an ideal form of behaviour. A

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Guorong Yang

Editor/translator Paul J. D’Ambrosio, Daniel Sarafinas, Sharon Small, Ady van den Stock and Stefano Gandolfo

natural and innate emotions and uses the affirmation of the person’s innate values as its substantial content. The distinction between humans and birds establishes that humans’ innate values are different from other animals. It is these types of new values that offer a possibility for a society to obtain

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Mario Sabattini

describe is only the associations of ideas that the music generates, and not the music itself. Are the emotions stimulated by these associations aesthetic or not? An early school of English psychologists contended that associations of ideas were all aesthetic experience. This view was pre-eminent for a

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Eric Dodson-Robinson

dramatizes that what is at stake in acceding to the impetus of another’s emotions is one’s very self. Finally, I outline how the early biographers and historians portray Nero, whom Seneca served as tutor and advisor, as an Atreus-like figure. This Nero models his own crimes on those of the past, which he

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Mario Sabattini

shorter routes open to them. There was no need to build a mountain peak on a plain. Study of past experience alone consumes enough energy. It is impossible to be able to write without studying. Those who have too much faith in genius often say literature is a spontaneous expression of the emotions; for

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Guorong Yang

Editor/translator Paul J. D’Ambrosio, Daniel Sarafinas, Sharon Small, Ady van den Stock and Stefano Gandolfo

spiritual life of the individual, the Zhongyong says the following: The moment at which joy and anger, grief and pleasure, have yet to arise is called a zhong 中, “nascent equilibrium”; once the emotions have arisen, and have all been brought into proper focus, this is called he 和 “harmony.” 39 This

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Mario Sabattini

adulthood. Groos, in old age, integrated his “theory of practice” with the “theory of catharsis”. Instinctive activities involved natural emotions. When instincts were realised, the emotions that accompanied them could be freely given vent to. If the instincts were not realised, the emotions would silt up

Zhu Guangqian and Benedetto Croce on Aesthetic Thought

With a Translation of the Wenyi xinlixue 文艺心理学 (The Psychology of Art and Literature)

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Mario Sabattini

Edited by Elisa Levi Sabattini

In Zhu Guangqian and Benedetto Croce on Aesthetic Thought, Mario Sabattini analyses Croce’s influence on the aesthetic thought of Zhu Guangqian. Zhu Guangqian is one of the most representative figures of contemporary Chinese aesthetics. Since the '30s, he had an active role in China both on the literary and philosophical scenes, and, through his writings, he exerted an important influence in the moulding of numerous generations of intellectuals. Some of his works have been widely read, and they still provoke considerable interest in China, on the mainland as well as in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The volume also presents a revised translation of Zhu Guangqian’s Wenyi xinlixue (Psychology of Art and Literature).

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Mario Sabattini

nature, form and content, and language and thought. My love of psychology lead me into a study of the relationship between emotion and imagination, of creation and appreciation as psychic activities, and, finally, of individual differences in taste. My love for philosophy lead me to a study of the