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


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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 todays 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 Farrells 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.

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Is there spiritual and philosophical value in voluntary violence and pain? According to this collection of essays, edited by Priest (philosophy at the U. of Melbourne, Australia), there certainly is in the practice of martial arts. Not only do these ancient combat forms have their own ingrained philosophies and moralities, but they also can be used to illustrate much of Western philosophy. This volume examines these instances of philosophical value in both Eastern martial arts such as Judo and Western martial arts such as fencing. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Priest, Graham
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Young, Damon A.
Young, Damon A.
Philosophy : General
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