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The current quantity is a continuation of the sequence modern Philosophy (International Institute of Philosophy). As with the sooner volumes within the sequence, the current chronicles purport to offer a survey of vital developments in modern philosophy.

This quantity on Aesthetics, containing nineteen surveys, exhibits the range of methods to Aesthetics in a number of cultures. The shut connection among aesthetics and faith and among aesthetics and ethics is emphasised in numerous contributions.

The chronicles are ordinarily written in English, French and German. within the current quantity ten surveys are written in English, 8 in French and one in German. The bibliographical references, with a few exceptions, stick with the development brought in past volumes. The bibliographies themselves frequently stick with on the finish of every chronicle prepared in alphabetical order. The bibliographies are chosen and organized through the authors themselves.

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Drama, Nāṭya has often been regarded as a Veda, a text of very high order. Its originary reason, it is said, is to provide visual and auditory delight, ānanda, to the people afflicted by various types of sufferings from unpleasant experience. Ānanda has been described as a blissful state of mind in which the wrong propensities of the psychic being is controlled. It may be mentioned in the passing that since the masses of the relatively low [plebeian] origin are prohibited to have access to the main four Vedas, the science of drama, Nāṭya, was authored for catering delight as well as knowledge to them.

However, Foucault’s standpoint is very clear. So far, in my view, Foucault’s idea of the aesthetics of existence seems to be best explained in an interview. In giving an answer to a question about why his idea of aesthetics of existence appeared from the extension of his book on sexuality, Foucault says: « I must confess that I am much more interested in problems about techniques of the self and things like that rather than sex » (Dreyfus, 229). In his interpretation, ethics of ancient times in Greece and Rome was an aesthetic one.

Seemingly, The History of Sexuality appears to us only as a specified research in the field of classical literature or as that of sexology. However, Foucault’s standpoint is very clear. So far, in my view, Foucault’s idea of the aesthetics of existence seems to be best explained in an interview. In giving an answer to a question about why his idea of aesthetics of existence appeared from the extension of his book on sexuality, Foucault says: « I must confess that I am much more interested in problems about techniques of the self and things like that rather than sex » (Dreyfus, 229).

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