Time for another book review. I know I have included it in with a list of others, during a live FB video, but I think this one deserves an extra plug.
The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Michael Puett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There just aren't enough books out there that convey the practicality of early Chinese philosophy to English readers. Most are swimming in mysticism and caricature, doggy-paddling frantically in all directions in their attempt to stay afloat in the eyes of the unsubscribed.
Puett manages to do what others have failed, partly because he leapfrogs between Confucious and Mencius, Laotzi and Zhuangzi and in so doing breaks our preferences for one over the other, and partly because he chooses a language that resonates with the healthily sceptical.
In his leap-frogging, his doggy-paddling and his sewing of conceptual threads, he transports us back and forth between an abstract cultural and historical point centuries ago and the practical needs of the 21st century citizen. If scrumptious could be said of a book on philosophy, then this would be that book.
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