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Dionysian Biopolitics: Karl Kerényi’S Concept Of Indestructible Life, Kristóf Fenyvesi Sep 2014

Dionysian Biopolitics: Karl Kerényi’S Concept Of Indestructible Life, Kristóf Fenyvesi

Comparative Philosophy

Scholar of religion Karl Kerényi’s last book, Dionysos, is a grand attempt at reinterpreting ζωη (zoe), the Greek concept of indestructible life, which he distinguishes from βίος (bios), finite life. In Kerényi’s view, the meaning and sensual experience of zoe was expressed in its richest form in the Cretan beginnings of the cult of Dionysos. The major characteristics of this cult, as Kerényi describes, were beyond the cultural, political, and sexual limits of the Christian interpretations of life and nature. Searching for modern analogies to zoe, Kerényi explains the idea in relation to molecular biology’s minimum definition ...


Ecological Tension: Between Minimum And Maximum Changes, Changfu Xu Sep 2014

Ecological Tension: Between Minimum And Maximum Changes, Changfu Xu

Comparative Philosophy

This article elaborates the conditions as well as four potential modes of the ecological problem: (1) The mode of the absolute minimization of the ecological problem: minimum population plus minimum Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is characterized by the quantity of destruction being less than the quantity of natural rehabilitation of an ecosystem. This mode is the poorest mode with minimum change. (2) The mode of the relative minimization of the ecological problem: minimum population plus maximization of GDP, which is characterized by the quantity of destruction being less than the quantity of both natural rehabilitation and human rehabilitation of ...


Anti-Nature In Nature Itself, Ryōsuke Ōhashi Sep 2014

Anti-Nature In Nature Itself, Ryōsuke Ōhashi

Comparative Philosophy

Nature and civilization are often regarded in opposition to each other. However, civilization employs technologies and is based on laws of nature. Also, the historical world is a result of the development of the natural world. An “anti-nature” must thus be contained somewhere within nature. The idea of “anti-nature” is neither alien to the Eastern nor to the Western traditional concepts of nature. The philosophy of Lao Zi never embraces mere naturalism. Lao Zi has observed that things in the world are not always “so on their own” but rather in the mode of anti-nature. Anti-nature in nature itself does ...


All Or Nothing? Nature In Chinese Thought And The Apophatic Occident, William Franke Sep 2014

All Or Nothing? Nature In Chinese Thought And The Apophatic Occident, William Franke

Comparative Philosophy

This paper develops an interpretation of nature in classical Chinese culture through dialogue with the work of François Jullien. I understand nature negatively as precisely what never appears as such nor ever can be exactly apprehended and defined. For perception and expression entail inevitably human mediation and cultural transmission by semiotic and hermeneutic means that distort and occult the natural in the full depth of its alterity. My claim is that the largely negative approach to nature that Jullien finds in sources of Chinese tradition can also be found in the West, particularly in its apophatic currents or countercurrents that ...


Introduction, Mario Wenning Sep 2014

Introduction, Mario Wenning

Comparative Philosophy

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Vol 5 No 2 Content Page, Comparative Philosophy Sep 2014

Vol 5 No 2 Content Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

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Vol 5 No 2 Information Page, Comparative Philosophy Sep 2014

Vol 5 No 2 Information Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

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Vol 5 No 2 Cover Page, Comparative Philosophy Sep 2014

Vol 5 No 2 Cover Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

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Light And Affects From A Comparative Point Of View, Kyle Takaki Jan 2014

Light And Affects From A Comparative Point Of View, Kyle Takaki

Comparative Philosophy

Light metaphors occurring in Chinese philosophy and Stoicism are of special interest for the unique ways they channel potentialities of the self. In this paper I apply ideas from cognitive linguistics to examine selected structural features of these metaphors. I also build on these ideas by presenting a framework regarding affects to assist in disclosing what is at stake for differing Chinese and Stoic technologies of the self. The paper adopts a high-level perspective to see these broad philosophical implications, interleaving discussions of Chinese philosophy (mainly views associated with Daoism), Stoicism (bringing into relief important differences from these views), and ...


Meditation On Relativism, Absolutism, And Beyond, Anand Vaidya Jan 2014

Meditation On Relativism, Absolutism, And Beyond, Anand Vaidya

Comparative Philosophy

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A Reply To Vaidya, Michael Krausz Jan 2014

A Reply To Vaidya, Michael Krausz

Comparative Philosophy

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The Inclusive Dynamics Of Islamic Universalism: From The Vantage Point Of Sayyid Qutb's Critical Philosophy, Andrea Mura Jan 2014

The Inclusive Dynamics Of Islamic Universalism: From The Vantage Point Of Sayyid Qutb's Critical Philosophy, Andrea Mura

Comparative Philosophy

This article pursues a topological reading of Milestones, one of the most influential books in the history of Islamism. Written by Muslim thinker Sayyid Qutb, the general interest in this crucial text has largely remained restricted to the fields of Islamic Studies and Security Studies. This article aims to make the case for assuming a philosophical standpoint, relocating its significance beyond the above-mentioned fields. A creative and topological reading of this text will allow the spatial complexity of Qutb’s eschatological vision to be fully exposed, while also unpacking the way in which antagonistic relations have variously been articulated by ...