Research Article

The Moral Dimension of Qiyun Aesthetics and Some Resonances with Kant and Schiller



In this paper, I suggest that the notion of qiyun (qi: spirit; yun: consonance) in the context of landscape painting involves a moral dimension. The Confucian doctrine of sincerity involved in bringing the landscapist’s or audience’s mind in accord with the Dao underpins the moral dimension of spiritual communion between artist, object, audience, and work. By projecting Kant’s and Schiller’s conceptions of aesthetic autonomy and the moral relevance of art onto the qiyun-focused context, we see that the reflection on parallels and differences between the two cultural traditions helps to better understand the moral dimension of qiyun aesthetics.


<i>qiyun</i>shenhui (spiritual communion)Confucian doctrine of sinceritymoral relevance of artKantSchiller
  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 58 Issue: 2
  • Page/Article: 129–143
  • DOI: 10.33134/eeja.230
  • Submitted on 10 Nov 2019
  • Accepted on 13 Jan 2021
  • Published on 16 Sep 2021
  • Peer Reviewed