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François Jullien’s landscape, site selection, and pattern recognition

Feuchtwang, Stephan (2023) François Jullien’s landscape, site selection, and pattern recognition. Theory, Culture and Society, 40 (4-5). 115 - 129. ISSN 0263-2764

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Identification Number: 10.1177/02632764221147663


François Jullien’s idea of landscape in Chinese philosophy and art is taken from the refinement of highly literate writers and artists, unrelated to the techniques of location that find good sites and make places in landscape. This article is based on a study of fengshui (Chinese geomancy). It argues that fengshui is a practice of identifying not things or beings but moments and circumstances of a client. It works with an epistemology of pattern recognition, which is based on observation and experience but does not test the truth of the signs that are the means of recognizing patterns. This epistemology of pattern recognition is not peculiarly Chinese but can also be found in building, urban planning, and the art of medical diagnosis.

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Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2023 23:22
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2023 23:06

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