In Praise of Blandness: Proceeding from Chinese Thought and Aesthetics - Zone Books (Hardback)
  • In Praise of Blandness: Proceeding from Chinese Thought and Aesthetics - Zone Books (Hardback)
zoom

In Praise of Blandness: Proceeding from Chinese Thought and Aesthetics - Zone Books (Hardback)

(author), (translator)
£15.99
Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 19/03/2004
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
A consideration of blandness not as the absence of defining qualities but as the harmonious union of all potential values-an infinite opening into human experience. Already translated into six languages, Francois Jullien's In Praise of Blandness has become a classic. Appearing for the first time in English, this groundbreaking work of philosophy, anthropology, aesthetics, and sinology is certain to stir readers to think and experience what may at first seem impossible: the richness of a bland sound, a bland meaning, a bland painting, a bland poem. In presenting the value of blandness through as many concrete examples and original texts as possible, Jullien allows the undifferentiated foundation of all things-blandness itself-to appear. After completing this book, readers will reevaluate those familiar Western lines of thought where blandness is associated with a lack-the undesirable absence of particular, defining qualities. Jullien traces the elusive appearance and crucial value of blandness from its beginnings in the Daoist and Confucian traditions to its integration into literary and visual aesthetics in the late-medieval period and beyond. Gradually developing into a positive quality in Chinese aesthetic and ethical traditions, the bland comprises the harmonious and unnameable union of all potential values, embodying a reality whose very essence is change and providing an infinite opening into the breadth of human expression and taste. More than just a cultural history, In Praise of Blandness invites those both familiar and unfamiliar with Chinese culture to explore the resonances of the bland in literary, philosophical, and religious texts and to witness how all currents of Chinese thought-Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism-converge in harmonious accord.

Publisher: Zone Books
ISBN: 9781890951412
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Blandness is a sub rosa self-help book and a map to the sublime. -Village Voice

You may also be interested in...

Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Order of Time
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Utopia for Realists
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
A Little History of Philosophy
Added to basket
Rebel Ideas
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Daily Stoic
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Happy
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Outgrowing God
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Outgrowing God
Added to basket
£14.99   £7.49
Hardback
How the World Thinks
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Rebel Ideas
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
Ikigai
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Meditations
Added to basket
£10.00
Hardback
Kaizen
Added to basket
£9.99
Hardback
12 Rules for Life
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.