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Posted December 28, 2012
All Asian philosophies at once
Hawkins gives a surprisingly detailed overview of almost every Asian religion, from earliest Hinduism, to Islam in Southeast Asia, or new religions like Vietnam's Cao Dai. Of course the vast subject matter forces a choice of priorities at every turn. Most traditions are treated more as evolving schools of philosophy than as changing cultural communities. The discussion of Neo-Confucianism is more about theories of form, matter, and energy than about social morality. Still, the brief descriptions of numerous sects, schools, leaders, or scriptures give a sound context, and open many doors for the curious.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization