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Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness (Popular Culture and Philosophy #53)

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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 fight ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Open Court (first published January 1st 2010)
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Laurel
This was actually a very, very good book, perhaps one of the best I have read so far this year. It was full of a variety of martial arts styles and philosophical viewpoints, and though many of the essays didn’t go very deeply into philosophy they were still well-written and interesting. Some of the highlights of the book were the essays on “epistemic viciousness” and Nietzsche’s Apollonian and Dionysian beauty, among others. Martial Arts and Philosophy is a good beginning book for those interest ...more
dwillsh
I enjoyed the book - a quick and easy read, and while it did not contain any especially profound ideas it did prompt me to reflect on my own experience of the martial arts ...
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