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This new English translation of François Jullien’s work is a compelling summation of his thinking on the comparison between Western and Chinese thought. The title, From Being to Living, summarises his essential point: that western thinking is obsessed by – and determined as well as limited by – the notion of Being, whereas traditional Chinese thought was always situated in Living. Organized as a lexicon around some 20 concepts that juxtapose Chinese and Western thought, Jullien explores the ways the two have historically evolved, and how many aspects of Chinese thought developed in complete isolation from the West, revealing a different way of relating to the world. Translated by Michael Richardson and Krzysztof Fijalkowski, this text explores Chinese thinking and language in order to excavate elements from them that reveal the fault lines of western thinking. This is an important book for students, scholars and practitioners alike across the Social Sciences.

Influence (vs Persuasion)
Influence (vs Persuasion)

1 Influence is the most successful mode of obliquity – as well as the most difficult to avoid. Indeed, it isn’t frontal but its dissemination spreads it in every direction; it operates through every pore and under every angle. It is therefore discreet, not direct: it cannot be confronted because it surrounds us. An influence can’t be refuted – or contradicted. Operating upstream, at the level of conditions, it doesn’t let its face be shown; diffuse, it doesn’t let itself be isolated. This means it is also what we have least hold on. Indeed, it doesn’t arise from the category of Being since it is not assignable, nor is it of non-being, since it cannot, even in the long ...

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