François Jullien's Unexceptional Thought: A Critical Introduction (Global Aesthetic Research) (Paperback)
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Although the French Hellenist and sinologist Fran ois Jullien has published more than thirty books, half of which have been translated into English, he remains much less known in the English-language world than many of his fellow "French philosophers". This may be due to his work being perceived as within the limits of sinology. This book attempts to rectify this, highlighting Jullien's work at the intersection of Chinese and Western thought and drawing out the "unthought" in both traditions of thinking. This "unthought" can be seen as what conditions our thought, and opens it up onto new ways of thinking and understanding. The notion of "unthought" is at the core of Jullien's methodology, operating in what he calls the "divergence of the in-between". Written in an engaging style, Arne De Boever offers an accessible introduction to Fran ois Jullien's work that emphatically challenges some of the core assumptions of Western reasoning.
About the Author
Arne De Boever teaches American Studies in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. He is the author of Plastic Sovereignties (2016), Finance Fictions (2018) and Against Aesthetic Exceptionalism (2019).