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A Review of Vital Nourishment: Departing from Happiness

In a review of Vital Nourishment: Departing from Happiness, David Wong discusses François Jullien’s comparative approach to philosophy. Click here to learn more about the book. Click here to read the full review. An excerpt appears below:

“For those of us who see the sharp separation between mind and body as increasingly untenable, it is striking to reflect on the fact that much philosophy … has failed to offer significant observation or theorizing about the ways that physical and spiritual health might intertwine …. And it is true that even most contemporary professional philosophers who have rejected the mind-body separation have left comment on the intertwining of the physical and the spiritual to New Agers. Consider the theme that feeding life has no aim. The academic ethicist might ridicule or ignore that theme, but the idea that forgetting final goals and identifying with an all-encompassing process can bring acceptance of whatever comes probably holds appeal to more people than anything the academic could have to say to them.”