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This book carefully introduces and analyzes the basic philosophical ideas, theories, and arguments of the most important philosophers of China, Japan, and India–from ancient times to the present. It provides insights into the different ways in which fundamental philosophical questions have been considered in Asia, and the basic ideas and values that enable us to understand the life and culture of the people who inhabit it. Three-part coverage looks at the historical perspectives–and much more–of Indian, Buddhist, and Chinese philosophies. For individuals interested in Asian philosophy and theology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130923851
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/29/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Koller is a Professor of Asian and Comparative Philosophy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  His research areas include Buddhism and Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy of Religion.  He is the author of more than fifty journal articles and chapters in edited books as well as five books.  In addition, he is the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards:  Selected Outstanding Educator of America, 1975; Named Outstanding World Philosopher, 2005; Wm. H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award, 1986; and Rensselaer Distinguished Teaching Fellow, 1990-92.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Indian Philosophies
Ch. 1 Dominant Features of Indian Philosophy 3
Ch. 2 Historical Survey of Indian Philosophy 9
Ch. 3 Vedas and Upanishads 14
Ch. 4 The Jain Vision 27
Ch. 5 Society and the Individual 41
Ch. 6 Self and the World: Samkhya-Yoga 49
Ch. 7 Knowledge and Reality: Nyaya-Vaisheshika 61
Ch. 8 Reality and Self: Vedanta 72
Ch. 9 Theistic Developments: Vishnu, Shiva, and Kali 86
Ch. 10 Islamic Thought 92
Ch. 11 The Continuing Tradition 108
Pt. II Buddhist Philosophies
Ch. 12 Historical Perspectives 121
Ch. 13 The Life and Teachings of the Buddha 133
Ch. 14 Interdependent Arising 151
Ch. 15 Sarvastivada 166
Ch. 16 Madhyamaka: The Middle Way Tradition 178
Ch. 17 Yogacara 195
Ch. 18 Buddhism in Japan: Zen 208
Pt. III Chinese Philosophies
Ch. 19 Basic Characteristics of Chinese Philosophies 237
Ch. 20 Historical Perspectives 241
Ch. 21 Confucianism 252
Ch. 22 Taoism: The Natural Way of Freedom 268
Ch. 23 Neo-Confucianism: The Grand Harmony 285
Ch. 24 Recent Chinese Thought 304
Glossary 322
Pronunciation Guide 327
Index 331
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