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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.

Non-Postponement (vs Delaying Knowledge)
Non-Postponement (vs Delaying Knowledge)

1 Coming face to face with the surge, so as to remain, so to speak, at its level, isn’t to lose its abrupt emergence, isn’t to settle it. To respond to its demand (for isn’t this the only ethical demand, as everything else results from it?), to react to the fact that this surge comprises what is not yet arranged and specified and has sunk into the conventional, isn’t to let it be diluted in a postponement that allows it to be tamed. It is not, in other words, to give it time to recover its specific and distinctive features that integrate and reassure, depriving it of what is prominent and assailing about it, and leaving it ...

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