Eastern Philosophy The Basics

ISBN-10: 0415587336
ISBN-13: 9780415587334
Edition: 2012
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Description: Eastern Philosophy: The Basicsis an essential introduction to major Indian and Chinese philosophies, both past and present. Exploring familiar metaphysical and ethical questions from the perspectives of different Eastern philosophies, including  More...

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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 8/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Eastern Philosophy: The Basicsis an essential introduction to major Indian and Chinese philosophies, both past and present. Exploring familiar metaphysical and ethical questions from the perspectives of different Eastern philosophies, including Confucianism, Daoism, and strands of Buddhism and Hinduism, this book covers key figures, issues, methods and concepts. Questions discussed include:What is the ‘self’? Is human nature inherently good or bad? How is the mind related to the world? How can you live an authentic life? What is the fundamental nature of reality? Throughout the book the relationships between Eastern Philosophy, Western Philosophy and the questions reflective people ask within the contemporary world are brought to the fore. With timelines highlighting key figures and their contributions, a list of useful websites and further reading suggestions for each topic, this engaging overview of fundamental ideas in Eastern Philosophy is valuable reading for all students of philosophy and religion, especially those seeking to understand Eastern perspectives.

List of figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
What is 'eastern philosophy'?
Philosophy as a cross-cultural phenomenon
Philosophical questions
Philosophy in India
Philosophy in China
Terminology and translations
The philosopher's dilemma
What happens next?
References and further reading
Reason
Ignorance
Argument
Debate
Knowledge
Inference
Causation
Scepticism
Perspectives
Logic
Summary of Chapter 1
References and further reading
Reality
Origins
Existence
Monism
Dualism
Pluralism
Experience
The nature of things
Ultimate reality
Summary of Chapter 2
References and further reading
Persons
Self and world
Self in the Upanisads
Rebirth
Karma
Freedom
Individuals
No abiding self
Dependent co-arising
Liberation
Summary of Chapter 3
References and further reading
Virtue
Tradition
The Way
Virtue and relationships
Goodness
Rites
Self-cultivation
Impartial care
Human nature
Altruism
Summary of Chapter 4
References and further reading
Authenticity
Egoism
Dao
Nature
Passivity
Opposites
Vice
Non-action
Ways of being
Exemplary persons
Legalism
Summary of Chapter 5
References and further reading
Mind
Words and things
Individuals and universals
Emptiness and insight
Enlightenment
Principles
The problem of the many and the one
Transcendence and immanence
Introspection
Universal Mind
Sageliness
Summary of Chapter 6
References and further reading
Conclusion
Unexplored terrain
Global philosophy
References and further reading
timelines
websites
pronunciation
General bibliography
Index

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