Trying Not to Try

Trying Not to Try

The Art and Science of Spontaneity

Book - 2014 | First edition
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Explores "why we find spontaneity so elusive and shows how early Chinese philosophy points the way to happier, more authentic lives"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2014
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780770437619
0770437613
Branch Call Number: 181.11 SL36T 2014
Characteristics: vi, 295 pages ; 25 cm

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yewentan
Oct 11, 2018

It's an interesting take on wuwei, although my interpretation of wuwei is totally differently from his. But the notion of wuwei is so nebulous that Slingerland's interpretation is as good as other scholars'. I'm just not convinced that he needed to invoke Chinese philosophies to advocate for a more spontaneous life. However, he gives an interesting introduction to ancient Chinese philosophies and if anyone is interested in these, they should go to read the original writings and interpret these writings themselves. That's how philosophy works.

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dly_00
Mar 11, 2016

If you ever wondered why it's so hard to excel in life, it may be because you are under-appreciating "going with the flow". Fun and deep at the same time - who knew ancient Chinese thought was so interesting. For followers of rationality and decision theory, Slingerland reaches a very surprising and intriguing conclusion in the latter part of the book. Highly recommended.

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Ny_Ako
Jun 21, 2015

A Knowledgeable and Concise philosophical book. Truly opens the eye to Eastern Philosophy and the roots of our primal intuitions. I definitely recommend this book.

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