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Striking Beauty: A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts

Barry Allen


The first book to focus on the intersection of Western philosophy and the Asian martial arts, Striking Beauty studies the historical and philosophical traditions of Asian martial arts practice and its ethical value in the modern world. Expanding Western philosophy’s usual outlook, the book forces a theoretical reckoning with the concerns of Chinese philosophy and the aesthetic and technical dimensions of martial arts practice. Striking Beauty elucidates the relationship between Asian martial arts and the Chinese philosophical traditions of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and the Chinese art of ... More

Keywords: Martial arts, Aesthetics, Chinese philosophy, Confucianism, Daoism, Chinese art of war, Violence, Ethics, Sports aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172721
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry Allen, author
McMaster University

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