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The Philosophy of Living
Author: Francois Jullien

ISBN: 9780857422163
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16 November 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.5 x 2.5

Living holds us between one and the other: it expresses at once what is most elementary about our condition (to be alive) and the absoluteness of our aspiration: 'Finally living!' Could we desire anything other than to live? We are always already engaged in livingwhile at same time we never (completely) manage to reach it. The temptation of philosophy has consequently been, ever since the time of the Greeks, to split it in two: to oppose repetitive living, which is entrapped within the biological, to what philosophy termed, as it projected it into Being, 'true life'.

Refusing this move and circulating between Far Eastern thought and philosophy, François Jullien aims in this volume to take into account those concepts which could become part of the philosophy of living: the moment, and the springing up that is opposed to what is settled, the in-between and the ambiguity, or what ultimately he calls, assuming an expression from China, the 'transparency of the morning'.

More generally, Jullien wonders how each concept, in order to be able to grasp the concept of living, must be opened up to what is ...

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