9780415129657

Understanding Eastern Philosophy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415129657

  • ISBN10:

    0415129656

  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1997-09-29
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Ray Billington explores the spirituality of Eastern thought and its differences from and relationships with the Western religious tradition by presenting the main principles of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism and Confucianism. Billington discusses the central themes of religious philosophy, comparing Eastern and Western views of belief of God, the soul, moral decision-making, nature, faith and authority. He then challenges theism, particularly Christianity, with its belief in a personal God bestowing a certain version of "truth". He concludes that the universal mysticism characteristic of Eastern thought provides a more realistic and rewarding path.

Table of Contents

Preface
Eastern Philosophy or Eastern Religion?
The Concept of God
Hinduism
Its Scriptures and Systems
Hinduism
Its Basic Teaching
The Heterodox Systems I
The Heterodox Systems II: Buddhism: 1
The Heterodox Systems II: Buddhism: 2
Mahayana Buddhism
Chinese Philosophy: 1. Taoism
Later Developments in Taoism
The Yin Yang School
Confucianism
Metaphysics without Theology I
Metaphysics without Theology II
Ethics and Human Behaviour
Nature and Community
Authority and Faith
Coexistence or Coinherence?
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