François Jullien

François Jullien combines the rigour of a philosopher with the cultural insight of a Sinologist in order to gain the intellectual distance required to probe the origins of our most basic assumptions about Western civilization. Currently Chair of Alterity at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, he has also held posts at University of Paris VII and the Collège International de Philosophie. He has used his knowledge of Chinese culture and philosophy in order to tease out the unconscious biases and lacunae of European systems of thought, ranging from aesthetics and political thought to ethics and science. In particular, he has probed the meaning of ‘universality’ and what a dialogue between cultures that moves beyond an emphasis on difference and identity, and focuses instead on divergence and profusion, can teach both East and West. His seminal work On the Universal was published by Polity in 2014.