Zhang Zai's Philosophy of Qi: A Practical Understanding (Hardback)Jung-Yeup Kim (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 132
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 16 mm
Kim Jung-Yeup's book (based on the author's Ph.D. thesis) brings a refreshing and innovative understanding of Zhang Zai's philosophy of qi as a dynamic pluralism of the human experience. This new interpretation challenges the accepted substance-monistic and materialistic understandings. Kim's new voice is a longed-for necessity. . . . Kim brings back to the front the significance of morality, too often neglected with regard to Neo-Confucianism. * Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy *
There is no concept more fundamental to Chinese cosmology generally than qi, and yet there is no term more persistently misunderstood. In Zhang Zai's Philosophy of Qi: A Practical Understanding, Jung-Yeup Kim uses a close revisonist reading of Zhang Zai to challenge the standard monistic interpretations of a putative homogenous ontology with a dynamic organic pluralism that not only accounts for both the continuity and complexity of the content of the human experience, but also for the capacity of human beings to optimize the creative possibilities of this experience to live significant lives. -- Roger T. Ames, University of Hawai'i
This illuminating and creative work builds upon current scholarships of Zhang Zai's philosophy and the variety study of qi, and arrives with refreshing and innovative ways to construct Zhang Zai's vertical and horizontal development of qi, rigorously unfolding a few debatable philosophical issues in a Neo-Confucian period. This book will offer a new impulse for fruitfully navigating Chinese and comparative philosophy and a deeper understanding of polarity, correlativity, and organic unity of qi. It is a timely and valuable contribution to the field. -- Robin R. Wang, Loyola Marymount University
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