Wittgenstein, Dewey and Confucianism on Aesthetic ethics or ethical aesthetics
As a practitioner of “Constructive-Engagement Methodological Strategy” in comparative philosophy, I will place the Anglo-American analytic tradition, Pragmatism and Chinese Confucianism within the same philosophical framework so as to work out the distinct styles underlying their “common concerns”. My hope is that this undertaking can lead to a constructive exchange between these influential philosophical traditions: between Wittgenstein’s “Ethics and Aesthetics are One” and Confucianism’s “Perfectly Good and Perfectly Beautiful”, between Dewey’s aesthetics on the emotional in “an experience” and the Confucian’s the unity of daily rituals and ordinary emotions constitutes. Based on the discussion above, it can be argued that Wittgenstein, Dewey and Chinese early Confucianism all move towards a living aesthetic ethics or ethical aesthetics, or in other words, all of them are in essence an ethical-aesthetic art of living, which is quite close to my proposal of “Living Aesthetics”. It is exactly in the framework of living aesthetics that we try to work on a sort of aesthetic ethics or ethical aesthetics that returns us to the life-world.
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