The Book of Beginnings Hardback

by Francois Jullien;

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The Book of Beginnings

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How can a person from a Western culture enter into a way of thinking as different as that of the Chinese? Can a person truly escape from his or her own cultural perspectives and assumptions? French philosopher Francois Jullien has throughout his career explored the distances between European and Chinese thought. In this fascinating summation of his work, he takes an original approach to the conundrum of cross-cultural understanding. Jullien considers just three sentences in their original languages. Each is the first sentence of a seminal text: the Bible in Hebrew, Hesiod's Theogony in Greek, and the I Ching in Chinese. By dismantling these sentences, the author reveals the workings of each language and the ways of thought in which they are inscribed. He traces the hidden choices made by European reason and assumptions, discovering among other things what is not thought about. Through the lens of the Chinese language, Jullien offers, as always, a new and surprising view of our own Western culture.

The Book of Beginnings by Francois Jullien was published by Yale University Press in July 2015. The ISBN for The Book of Beginnings is 9780300204223.

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Details for The Book of Beginnings

Page last updated 27th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherYale University Press (July 2015)
Number of Pages152
Thickness15 mm
Height197 mm
Width127 mm
Product Code4311722
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