François Jullien

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François Jullien
François Jullien par Claude Truong-Ngoc octobre 2013.jpg
Born June 2, 1951
Embrun, Hautes-Alpes
Era Contemporary philosophy
Main interests
Chinese philosophy

François Jullien (born 2 June 1951 in Embrun, Hautes-Alpes) is a French Sinologist. Jullien was President of the French Association for Chinese Studies (from 1988 to 1990), director of the East Asian Department of the University of Paris VII (1990–2000) and is former President of the Assembly of Collège international de philosophie (1995–1998).[1] He is currently Professor at Paris Diderot University[2] and director of the Institute of Contemporary Thought and the Marcel Granet Center. He is also a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France.


  • The Propensity of Things, a history of efficacy in China (New York : Zone Books, 1995)
  • A treatise on efficacy : between Western and Chinese thinking (Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2004)
  • Praise of blandness: proceeding from Chinese thought and aesthetics (New York : Zone Books, 2004)
  • The Great Image has no shape, or, On the nonobject through painting (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009)
  • The impossible nude : Chinese art and western aesthetics (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007)
  • Detour and access : strategies of meaning in China and Greece (New York : Zone Books, 2000)
  • Vital nourishment : departing from happiness (Brooklyn : Zone Books 2007)
  • Silent transformations (Calcutta – Londres : Seagull books, 2011)
  • On the Universal, the uniform, the commun and the dialogue between cultures (Cambridge : Polity Press, 2014)