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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.

Silent Transformation (vs Resonant Event)
Silent Transformation (vs Resonant Event)

1 I’ll call silent transformation a transformation which occurs without a sound, therefore about which we don’t say anything. It is silent in these two senses: it operates without warning and it wouldn’t occur to anyone to speak about it. Its imperceptibility isn’t of the order of the invisible since, on the contrary, it happens in a patent way, before our eyes, spreading gradually. Nevertheless, for two linked reasons, it isn’t conspicuous: because it is both universal and continuous, it is never sufficiently differentiated on one point or another, or from one moment to the next, to introduce a rupture that might hold our attention. It is never, so to speak, sufficiently differentiated for anyone ...

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