spirituality


Confucius and the Foundation of Ethics

V.V.Maliavin Текст выступления на Втором Нишаньском форуме в г. Цзинань (КНР), май 2013 г. The basic fact about Confucius is that he did not write texts of his own nor engaged in theoretical disputes. His main source of inspiration were collection of Songs, records of deeds and sayings of ancient […]


Folklore Traditions Modernized: A. Shevtsov's Academy of Self-Knowledge

V.V. Maliavin A few years ago in the abandoned summer camp for schoolchildren not far from the city of Ivanovo in Central Russia a man named Alexander Shevtsov, an ethnographer and psychologist by training, established what he calls “The Sanctuary of Folk life” (Заповедник народного быта). Usually the Russian word […]


Chinese Wisdom of the Body. Evidence from the Martial Arts

V.V. Maliavin It is well known that Chinese culture attaches a great importance to human sensitivity, both social and corporeal. It is far less known that Chinese tradition of martial arts is probably the most elaborate and efficient product of such attitude. This paper explores the nature of the corporeal […]


Strolling in Chinese Garden: An Experience of Self-Re(dis)covering

Vladimir Maliavin Not accidentally Asia has been called since ancient times the First Continent, the Mother of Humankind. Asian landscapes in their bewildering variety – both natural and artistic – represent in essence the original space/place of existence, the primordial Void filled by the plenitude of life’s images. In stark […]


Beyond Matrix, or the Tao of Postmodernity

V. V. Maliavin Institute of Slavic Studies, Tamkang University, Taiwan It is well known that the passage to Postmodernity – if this term seems acceptable – has brought about dramatic changes in the concept of Praxis. The classical philosophy has treated Praxis as a conscious activity articulated through the opposition […]


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Philosophy as Cultural Style: The Case of Xiong Shili

V.V. MALYAVIN Tamkang University, Taiwan, R.O.C.   Philosophy as Cultural Style: The Case of Xiong Shili   Modern Chinese philosophy was doomed from the start to be essentially two-faced. It has always been defining itself simultaneously by its relation to the Western thought and the native Chinese legacy. When trying […]


Recovering the Senses: Taoist Response to the Modern Spiritual Crisis

 V.V.Maliavin Tamkang University, Taiwan.    Recovering the Senses: Taoist Response to the Modern Spiritual Crisis   Abstract The modern world is in deep spiritual crisis caused primary by the breakdown of the classical epistemological model. The legacy of Chinese Taoism which has developed an ingenious tradition based on the principle […]