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The Great Image Has No Form, or On the Nonobject through Painting

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In premodern China, elite painters used imagery not to mirror the world around them, but to evoke unfathomable experience. Considering their art alongside the philosophical traditions that inform it, The Great Image Has No Form explores the “nonobject”—a notion exemplified by paintings that do not seek to represent observable surroundings.

 

François Jullien argues that this nonobjectifyi

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by University of Chicago Press (first published 2003)
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Ken
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has taken me several months to read. I have persisted through various types of frustration with the prose style of the author and the elusiveness of the concepts about which he writes.

I persisted because I found the idea of a conception of visual reality, quite apart from the reality of surfaces, profoundly stimulating. It has led me to question my own making of visual imagery, and has sent me down previously unimagined paths.

I have the impression that I have on
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Alicia
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jullien is such an astoundingly perceptive and interesting philosopher. This book is deeply enlightening to me, letting me see my own culture in a new and more relevant light. I want to recommend it to every philosophers, or anyone interested in actually learning about other cultures.

I will write more about the topic hopefully soon.
Александр Шушпанов
Рассказывают, что некогда Цао Бусин уронил каплю туши, похожую на муху. Некий князь, проходивший мимо, принял его за настоящую муху и попытался прихлопнуть. Как же такое могло быть, если художник не позаботился о выписывании крыльев, лапок, фасеток и других деталей мухи? В этом пятнышке имелось И - вот и всё.

Философ Франсуа Жульен написал замечательный труд, анализирующий европейскую и китайскую живопись сравнительно. Труд гигантской сложности - хотя бы потому, что к общим местам кул
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Will Buckingham
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perhaps not as wide-ranging as some of Jullien's other books (such as In Praise of Blandness), but there are some beautiful and compelling moments here, and I have a sense that some of these ideas may resonate for a long time. A book worth returning to.
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