9780824828301-0824828305-A Treatise on Efficacy: Between Western and Chinese Thinking

A Treatise on Efficacy: Between Western and Chinese Thinking

ISBN-13: 9780824828301
ISBN-10: 0824828305
Author: Jullien, François
Publication date: 2004
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Format: Paperback 216 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780824828301
ISBN-10: 0824828305
Author: Jullien, François
Publication date: 2004
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Format: Paperback 216 pages

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Acknowledged authors Jullien, François wrote A Treatise on Efficacy: Between Western and Chinese Thinking comprising 216 pages back in 2004. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0824828305 and 9780824828301. Since then A Treatise on Efficacy: Between Western and Chinese Thinking textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.88 or rent at the marketplace.

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In this highly insightful analysis of Western and Chinese concepts of efficacy, François Jullien subtly delves into the metaphysical preconceptions of the two civilizations to account for diverging patterns of action in warfare, politics, and diplomacy. He shows how Western and Chinese strategies work in several domains (the battlefield, for example) and analyzes two resulting acts of war. The Chinese strategist manipulates his own troops and the enemy to win a battle without waging war and to bring about victory effortlessly. Efficacity in China is thus conceived of in terms of transformation (as opposed to action) and manipulation, making it closer to what is understood as efficacy in the West.

Jullien’s brilliant interpretations of an array of recondite texts are key to understanding our own conceptions of action, time, and reality in this foray into the world of Chinese thought. In its clear and penetrating characterization of two contrasting views of reality from a heretofore unexplored perspective, A Treatise on Efficacy will be of central importance in the intellectual debate between East and West.

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