This book touches on diverse aspects of Qi philosophy, a body of philosophical discourses on the most categorical concept in East Asian ways of thinking and living, through introduction and analyses of influential thinkers’ theories from both Korea and China. It is a ground-breaking academic contribution that caters to the need to clearly understand how significantly, and divergently, the concept qi has been integrated into the nexus of East Asian philosophy.— Hongkyung Kim, Stony Brook University
The present volume, which contains ten highly informative chapters competently selected and edited by philosophers Choi and Kim, greatly contributes to the lively interdisciplinary discussion surrounding the qì phenomenon. Among the latest book-length publications on the topic, several have dealt with how ancient Chinese qì cultivation practices could be adapted to and made good use of in our modern-day globalized cultures and societies. This volume, however, zeroes in on how the Chinese teachings on qì have been challenged and modified by Korean thinkers over the years: modified, or rather, transformed, at times, to a rather radical extent. [This book] is warmly recommended to students and scholars of East Asian religious and intellectual history.