Martial Arts and Philosophy

Martial Arts and Philosophy

Beating and Nothingness

by Damon A YoungProfessor of Philosophy Graham Priest Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at University of Melbourne and Arche Professorial Fellow Graham Priest and others

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/11/2010

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Martial arts and philosophy have always gone hand in hand, as well as fist in throat. Philosophical argument is closely paralleled with hand-to-hand combat. And all of today's Asian martial arts were developed to embody and apply philosophical ideas. In his interview with Bodidharma, Graham Priest brings out aspects of Buddhist philosophy behind Shaolin Kung-Fu -- how fighting monks are seeking Buddhahood, not brawls. But as Scott Farrell's chapter reveals, Eastern martial arts have no monopoly on philosophical traditions: Western chivalry is an education in and living revival of Aristotelian ethical theories. Several chapters look at ethical problems raised by the fighting arts. How can the sweaty and brutal be exquisitely beautiful? Every chapter is easily understandable by readers new to martial arts or new to philosophy.
ISBN:
9780812696844
Category:
Oriental & Indian philosophy
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-11-2010
Language:
English
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy
Publisher:
Cricket Books, a division of Carus Publishing Co
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
229x153x18mm
Weight:
0.35kg
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