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International Journal of Research in English

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part C (2024)

From ontology to literary aestheticism: Western and Indian metaphysics


Dr. Bipasha Som Gune and Dr. Bipasha Som Gune


The intersection between ontology and literary or artistic aestheticism is profound, rooted in their shared inquiry into the fundamental nature of reality, existence, and the human experience. In the vast landscape of Western ontology, diverse philosophical traditions and schools of thought converge to explore the essence of being, the nature of existence, and the fabric of reality itself. Meanwhile, delving into the rich tapestry of Indian philosophical traditions reveals a deep-seated engagement with ontology, as unravelling the mysteries of reality serves as the cornerstone for three intertwined pursuits: the acquisition of knowledge, the cultivation of virtuous conduct, and the quest for liberation from the ceaseless cycle of human suffering. Furthermore, the exploration of aesthetics within the broader philosophical framework offers invaluable insights and elucidation. Central to Indian aesthetic philosophy is the concept of Rasa, which encapsulates the essence, flavour, and sentiment of artistic expression. Alongside Rasa, various other theories such as Alankara, Dhwani, Nirguna and Saguna Bhakti, and Katha contribute to the rich tapestry of Indian aesthetic discourse. In the Western tradition, an array of aesthetic theories has flourished over time, ranging from classical aesthetics to neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, modernism, and post-modernism. In tracing the historical trajectory of Western and Indian philosophical thought and their evolving relationship with the metaphysics of consciousness, it becomes evident that juxtaposing these traditions fosters a fertile ground for cultural dialogue and philosophical exchange. Through such comparative analysis, new vistas of understanding emerge, enriching both traditions and nurturing a deeper appreciation for the complexities of human thought and experience across diverse cultural landscapes.

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International Journal of Research in English
How to cite this article:
Dr. Bipasha Som Gune and Dr. Bipasha Som Gune. From ontology to literary aestheticism: Western and Indian metaphysics. Int. J. Res. Engl. 2024;6(1):167-170. DOI: 10.33545/26648717.2024.v6.i1c.184
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