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The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy : Perennial Philosophy Series - Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Perennial Philosophy Series

Paperback Published: 31st May 2004
ISBN: 9780941532464
Number Of Pages: 344

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Ananda K Coomaraswamy grew up in late Victorian England and was there in the splendid pre-war days of the arts and crafts idealists, Blakean dreamers and flourishing literary movements. As a young man, Coomaraswamy was a pioneer and authority in the field of Indian art, a spokesman for Indian nationalism and a careful, but popular writer on Hinduism and Buddhism. During the First World War, he went to America and, as curator of Asiatic Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, built the first large collection of Indian art in America. In his later writings, which are represented in this collection, he turned his attention to metaphysics, tradition and sacred art. However, unlike many who write about traditional cultures, he was a radical and controversial critic of modern 'civilisation'. This volume, edited by his son, provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the work of this important 20th century philosopher and art historian. These selections of Coomaraswamy's vast body of writing offer the new reader a clear and definitive point of entry into the mind of this great and early spokesman for the Perennial Philosophy.

List of Color and Black-and-White Illustrationsp. vi
List of Abbreviationsp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Prologue: A Fateful Meeting of Minds: A. K. Coomaraswamy and R. Guenonp. 7
A Figure of Speech or a Figure of Thought?p. 21
The Bugbear of Literacyp. 53
On the Pertinence of Philosophyp. 67
Eastern Wisdom and Western Knowledgep. 87
Beauty and Truthp. 97
The Interpretation of Symbolsp. 103
Why Exhibit Works of Art?p. 111
The Christian and Oriental, or True, Philosophy of Artp. 123
Is Art a Superstition, or a Way of Life?p. 153
The Nature of Medieval Artp. 173
Ars sine scientia nihilp. 177
Imitation, Expression, and Participationp. 181
Samvega: "Aesthetic Shock"p. 193
What is Civilization?p. 201
The Nature of "Folklore" and "Popular Art"p. 213
Primitive Mentalityp. 225
The Coming to Birth of the Spiritp. 247
Quod factum est in ipso vita eratp. 261
The Hindu Tradition: The Mythp. 267
The Hindu Tradition: Theology and Autologyp. 275
Glossary of Foreign Terms and Phrasesp. 291
Bibliographical Referencesp. 295
Biographical Notesp. 299
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780941532464
ISBN-10: 0941532461
Series: Perennial Philosophy Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 31st May 2004
Publisher: World Wisdom Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.4