Tragic Beauty in Whitehead and Japanese Aesthetics by Steve Odin

American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 39 (2):64-68 (2018)
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Steve Odin’s latest book is an outstanding example of comparative philosophy in a sympathetic mode: through meticulous exposition of the consonant features of two seemingly disparate perspectives—the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and the “religio-aesthetic” tradition of Japanese Buddhist philosophy and the arts—Odin builds a powerful argument of deep sympathetic resonance. At the same time, Odin makes a compelling case for understanding Whitehead’s philosophical system through his aesthetics and, in this light, presents Whitehead’s philosophy as a leading exemplar of a distinctive strand of aesthetically oriented American philosophy. The cumulative result is the articulation of an aesthetically oriented...

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