Treatise On Efficacy

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Jullien (Chinese studies, U. of Paris VII) analyzes Western and Chinese concepts of efficacy to account for diverging patterns of action in warfare, diplomacy, and politics. Where the Western model seeks to attain a goal through specific actions, the Chinese tend to seek transformation through manipulation instead of acting directly. Jullien interprets a number of texts to show how the two strategies work in a number of domains, and analyzes two resulting acts of war. Originally published in French in 1996. ...
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Overview

Jullien (Chinese studies, U. of Paris VII) analyzes Western and Chinese concepts of efficacy to account for diverging patterns of action in warfare, diplomacy, and politics. Where the Western model seeks to attain a goal through specific actions, the Chinese tend to seek transformation through manipulation instead of acting directly. Jullien interprets a number of texts to show how the two strategies work in a number of domains, and analyzes two resulting acts of war. Originally published in French in 1996. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824828301
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,220,790
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Fixing one's eyes on a model 1
2 Relying on the propensity of things 15
3 Goal or consequence 32
4 Action or transformation 46
5 The structure of opportunity 61
6 Do nothing (with nothing left undone) 84
7 Allow effects to come about 104
8 From efficacy to efficiency 120
9 The logic of manipulation 137
10 Manipulation versus persuasion 153
11 Water images 170
12 In praise of facility 184
Glossary of Chinese expressions 199
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