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The Propensity of Things: Toward a History of Efficacy in China
by Francois Jullien
Binding: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Zone Books
Weight: 1.1 pound
Dimension: H: 1 x L: 8.8 x W: 5.9 inches
ISBN 10: 0942299957
ISBN 13: 9780942299953
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'. . . truly a magnificent piece of work. . . ' China Review International

'. . . a thoughtful, at times brilliant essay. . .' The Journal of Asian Studies

In this book, his first to appear in English, French sinologist Fran ois Jullien uses the Chinese concept of shi meaning disposition or circumstance, power or potential as a touchstone to explore Chinese culture and to uncover the intricate structure underlying Chinese modes of thinking. He follows the concept from one field to another including military strategy, politics, the aesthetics of calligraphy, and literary theory and from reflection on history to 'first philosophy.' At the point where these various domains intersect, a fundamental intuition assumed for centuries to be self evident emerges, namely, that reality every kind of reality may be perceived as a particular deployment or arrangement of things to be relied upon and worked to one's advantage.


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