Balance and Chance

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Olof G. Lidin

The True Life

ISBN 978-3-8258-1902-6
Band-Nr. 18
Jahr 2009
Seiten 192
Bindung broschiert
Reihe BUNKA – WENHUA. Tübinger Ostasiatische Forschungen.


Balance and Chance is the story of the True Life in the light of
western, mainly European, thinking and eastern, mainly Chinese, thinking.

Human thinking has undergone many variations but has generally begun with
the inner side of reality which has been the fountain and inspiration for
life in the world.

Lao Tzu and Confucius can be seen as fountain-heads for original
inner-outer thought on the one side and Plato and Aristotle on the other.

Before them and beside them the multitudinous religious creeds were the
source and background of all thought. Similar inner-outer paradigms
generated East and West which can be followed through history, but while
the eastern paradigm has remained basically the same, the western paradigm
has undergone a tumultuous dialectic, leading oftentimes to an one-sided
outer paradigm. By presenting his personal example, the writer manifests
that the inner-outer balance is as attainable today as in bygone times.

Olof G. Lidin, Professor Emeritus, University of
Copenhagen, former President of the European Association for Japanese
Studies. He studied for years with Professor Bernhard Karlgren at the
University of Stockholm and received his Ph. D. degree at University of
California, Berkeley, in 1967. After retirement from University of
Copenhagen in 1996 he served as Acting Professor at University of Tübingen
and Humboldt University in Berlin. His recent works are /Ogyû Sorai’s
Discourse on Government/ (2000), /Tanegashima – The Arrival of Europe in
Japan/ (2004) and / From Taoism to Einstein/ (2006). The last work is a
precursor of the present book.