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.

Resource (vs Truth)

Resource (vs Truth)

1 So long as we stay within (European) philosophy, the concept of truth has found and proved its validity. It is at once pertinent and sufficient. It is able to articulate the field of thought at the same time as it promotes philosophy in its development. On the one hand, the stake of truth allows positions to be configured and separated and it sets the scene for philosophy as well as organises its debate through the work of for and against, thesis and antithesis, argument and refutation. The ‘criterion’ of truth is sufficient to establish a cleavage between assertions that are revealed through their antagonism. At the same time, its ‘cutting edge’ draws thought out of obscurity and cuts ...

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