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Vital Nourishment
Author: Francois Jullien

ISBN: 9781890951801
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 15 November 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9
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The philosophical tradition in the West has always subjected life to conceptual divisions and questions about meaning. In Vital Nourishment, Franois Jullien contends that although this process has given rise to a rich history of inquiry, it proceeds too fast. In their anxiety about meaning, Western thinkers since Plato have forgotten simply to experience life. In this installment of his continuing project of plumbing the philosophical divide between Eastern and Western thought, Jullien slows down, and, using the third and fourth century B.C.E. Chinese thinker Zhuanghi as a foil, begins to think about life from a point outside of Western inquiry.The question of how to "feed life," or nourish it, is the point of departure for the Chinese tradition that Jullien locates in Zhuanghi. Life passes through each of us, and we have a duty to become amenable to its ebbs and flows. We must cultivate a sense of being adequate to it so that we can house it. Exploring notions of breath, ener...

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