By Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee
Trade paperback book
136 pages, 5.00 x 7.00″
An understanding of qi is central to Chinese philosophy, art, medicine and movement therapies, but we often rely on vague terminology, using the catch-phrase “energy” to explain what qi is. A Study of Qi contains detailed descriptions of the various differentiations of qi, but also a wide-ranging philosophical investigation into the origin and development of the concept of qi itself. Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee explores the philosophical texts of the Zuozhuan, Zhuangzi, Huainanzi and Mencius, as well as the medical texts of the Neijing and Nanjing, to provide context and depth to our understanding of this ever-present but elusive activity of life.