Striking Beauty: A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts. By Barry Allen. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Pp. 252. Hardcover $30.00, isbn 978-0-231- 17272-1. Reviewed by Johnathan Flowers Southern Illinois University, Carbondale email@example.com Striking Beauty: A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts by Barry Allen is the first English-language book to engage in a systematic investigation of the philosoph- ical underpinnings of the Asian martial arts. In doing so, it aims to construct the Asian martial arts, specifically the Chinese martial traditions, as a field for comparative philosophy, wherein the investigation of Chinese philosophy through the martial tra- ditions can provide illumination into Western questions of aesthetics, ethics, self- hood, and intentionality. Barry Allen’s own devotion to the study of the martial arts informs his philosophical investigations: rather than treat the Chinese martial and philosophical traditions as valuable only in reference to what they can provide to the established Western canon, Allen treats the martial traditions as philosophically valu- able on their own. In doing so, Allen’s investigation demonstrates the need to engage with Asian philosophy through the martial arts in order to reshape many of the pre- sumptions held by philosophers and non-philosophers alike. In
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