Allen, B: Striking Beauty
A Philosophical Look at the Asian Martial Arts
The first book to focus on the intersection of Western philosophy and the Asian martial arts, Striking Beauty collapses the boundaries between Eastern and Western thought, comparatively studying the historical and philosophical traditions of martial arts practice and their ethical value in the modern world. Expanding Western philosophy's global outlook, the book forces a theoretical reckoning with the concerns of Chinese philosophy and the aesthetic and technical dimensions of martial arts practice.
Barry Allen is professor of philosophy at McMaster University; has held visiting appointments in Jerusalem, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Hong Kong; and is associate editor at the interdisciplinary journal Common Knowledge. His research concentrates on aesthetics, technology, the theory of knowledge, and Chinese philosophy. He is the author of Truth in Philosophy, Knowledge and Civilization, Artifice and Design: Art and Technology in Human Experience, and Vanishing into Things: Knowledge in Chinese Tradition.