Eastern Philosophy: The Basics - The Basics (Hardback)Victoria S. Harrison (author)
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Eastern Philosophy: The Basics is an essential introduction to major Indian and Chinese philosophies, both past and present. Exploring familiar metaphysical and ethical questions from the perspectives offered by a range of eastern philosophies, including Confucianism, Daoism, the main Buddhist and Hindu philosophical schools, as well as Jainism, 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?
With timelines highlighting key figures and their contributions, a list of useful websites, pronunciation guides and further reading suggestions, Eastern Philosophy: The Basics provides an engaging overview of fundamental ideas in eastern philosophy. The second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of the most recent scholarship. It includes study questions for each chapter, an updated bibliography, a new section on the Yijing and expanded discussion of Indian philosophies and their basis in experience. Eastern Philosophy: The Basics is valuable reading for all students of philosophy and religion, especially those seeking to understand eastern thought.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 197 x 133 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition
"This book offers a clear and substantive introduction to the major themes and debates of the Indian and Chinese traditions. Lucidly written and organised, Harrison shows readers how to read and understand the texts and concerns of cultures with very different sensibilities and concerns. Students will find the thematic structure particularly helpful, offering them rich insights into different figures and schools. This book is an excellent resource for those interested to teach and promote appreciation of Asian philosophy."
Ian James Kidd, University of Nottingham, UK
"Victoria Harrison's Eastern Philosophy: The Basics is an indispensable, brilliant guide to philosophy in Asia, especially India and China. The first edition is outstanding, much appreciated by my students; the second edition is even more superb in the class and seminar room."
Charles Taliaferro, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, St. Olaf College, USA
"Victoria Harrison provides a clear-sighted and astute guide to complex eastern traditions and texts. Eastern Philosophy: The Basics is an ideal introduction for the beginner but also a useful guide for more experienced scholars. An initial chapter sets out with admirable clarity the traditions and schools in their context; but thereafter addresses the core topics of philosophy in a synoptic view across the traditions."
Gwen Griffith-Dickson, King's College London, UK
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