Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution

Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution trans. Arthur Goldhammer (New York: Zone Books, 2007), 170 pp. In recent years, François Jullien has come to be regarded as among the most provocative Western interpreters of traditional Chinese thought, bringing his sophisticated training in philosophical method to bear on his reading of the Chinese texts. Each of his best books tends to focus on a single Chinese concept: La propension des choses (1992) on shi (the “dynamic configurations” of a given situation or power structure) and Éloge de la fadeur (1991) on dan (a prized quality of understatement in aesthetics and in personal relations, infelicitously translated in the English version of this excellent work as “blandness”). In this latest slim volume to appear in English, Jullien applies the same approach to the crucial Chinese notion of yang-sheng (“nourishing” or, perhaps better, “nurturing” life), as expressed in the classic writings of the shadowy Daoist thinker Zhuangzi (4 – 3 c. BCE) and the “Neo-Daoist” savant Xi Kang (3 c. CE). Jullien’s rambling meditation on the uncategorical immediacy of Daoist wisdom is remarkably compelling as a revelation of his own personal philosophy of life, less so as a reliable reading of the Chinese texts, which he tends to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution

Common Knowledge, Volume 14 (3) – Oct 1, 2008

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trans. Arthur Goldhammer (New York: Zone Books, 2007), 170 pp. In recent years, François Jullien has come to be regarded as among the most provocative Western interpreters of traditional Chinese thought, bringing his sophisticated training in philosophical method to bear on his reading of the Chinese texts. Each of his best books tends to focus on a single Chinese concept: La propension des choses (1992) on shi (the “dynamic configurations” of a given situation or power structure) and Éloge de la fadeur (1991) on dan (a prized quality of understatement in aesthetics and in personal relations, infelicitously translated in the English version of this excellent work as “blandness”). In this latest slim volume to appear in English, Jullien applies the same approach to the crucial Chinese notion of yang-sheng (“nourishing” or, perhaps better, “nurturing” life), as expressed in the classic writings of the shadowy Daoist thinker Zhuangzi (4 – 3 c. BCE) and the “Neo-Daoist” savant Xi Kang (3 c. CE). Jullien’s rambling meditation on the uncategorical immediacy of Daoist wisdom is remarkably compelling as a revelation of his own personal philosophy of life, less so as a reliable reading of the Chinese texts, which he tends to

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