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.

Maturation (vs Modelisation)

Maturation (vs Modelisation)

1 I’d place ‘maturation’ among those unfortunate terms that apparently evoke the capacity for conduct only between the lines, through lack or as an expedient, and for which it is difficult at first sight to see how they could be raised to the dignity of a concept. It is a notion as modest as the indirect, receptivity or connivence, but one about which it is even more difficult to see how it could constitute a strategy. For maturation expresses internal development in nature working towards its result: it is the silent transformation of seeds, tissues or cells that cannot very easily be hastened – or, in any case, that can’t be controlled: what is never commanded. It therefore expresses ...

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