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Introduction

This book is a collection of essays in the branch of philosophy called comparative (or sometimes: transcultural) aesthetics. So far as we know it is the first by a UK publisher and is long overdue. This is an area of thought which has been attracting a growing international allegiance especially in the last half-century and is coming to shed light on certain issues in aesthetics in a way which can no longer be ignored. In the first part of the introduction we will give a brief outline of the nature and foundations of the subject; in the second some details of its history; while the third part deals in detail with the rationale for the present selection of papers.