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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.
Victoria S. Harrison is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK. She has extensive experience of teaching Indian, and Chinese philosophies at undergraduate level in both the UK and the USA.
Table of Contents
|List of figures and tables||p. xiii|
|What is 'eastern philosophy'?||p. 1|
|Philosophy as a cross-cultural phenomenon||p. 4|
|Philosophical questions||p. 6|
|Philosophy in India||p. 6|
|Philosophy in China||p. 14|
|Terminology and translations||p. 19|
|The philosopher's dilemma||p. 21|
|What happens next?||p. 22|
|References and further reading||p. 23|
|Summary of Chapter 1||p. 47|
|References and further reading||p. 47|
|The nature of things||p. 70|
|Ultimate reality||p. 72|
|Summary of Chapter 2||p. 73|
|References and further reading||p. 73|
|Self and world||p. 75|
|Self in the Upanisads||p. 79|
|No abiding self||p. 88|
|Dependent co-arising||p. 95|
|Summary of Chapter 3||p. 99|
|References and further reading||p. 99|
|The Way||p. 105|
|Virtue and relationships||p. 106|
|Impartial care||p. 112|
|Human nature||p. 117|
|Summary of Chapter 4||p. 125|
|References and further reading||p. 126|
|Ways of being||p. 140|
|Exemplary persons||p. 144|
|Summary of Chapter 5||p. 148|
|References and further reading||p. 149|
|Words and things||p. 153|
|Individuals and universals||p. 155|
|Emptiness and insight||p. 155|
|The problem of the many and the one||p. 167|
|Transcendence and immanence||p. 168|
|Universal Mind||p. 172|
|Summary of Chapter 6||p. 175|
|References and further reading||p. 176|
|Unexplored terrain||p. 182|
|Global philosophy||p. 182|
|References and further reading||p. 183|
|General bibliography||p. 192|
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