Asian Texts - Asian Contexts: Encounters with Asian Philosophy and Religions

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Provides an overview of some of the great texts of Asian philosophy and religion along with an exploration of the contexts in which they arose.
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The texts section includes material on Buddhism, Daoism, the Bhagavad-Gita, and the Kyoto school of Japanese philosophy. In the contexts section, nonspecialists are presented with ways to think about the integration of Asian material that includes considerations of religion, philosophy, history, and art. These useful and accessible essays are written with the nonspecialist in mind, but provide a creative edge that will be of interest to specialists as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438426761
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/2010
  • Series: SUNY series in Asian Studies Development
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Jones is Professor of Philosophy at Kennesaw State University and editor of Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects. E. R. Klein is an independent scholar. Her books include People First! Professional and Business Ethics without Ethics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction David Jones E. R. Klein 1

Part I Encountering Asian Philosophies and Religions

The Importance of Asian Philosophy in the Curriculum John M. Koller 15

The Confucian Worldview: Uncommon Assumptions, Common Misconceptions Roger T. Ames 30

Part II Texts


On the Battlefield of Dharma: The Moral Philosophy of the Bhagavad G&ibar;t&abar; Vrinda Dalmiya 51

Vimalak&ibar;rti's Triumphant Silence: Bridging Indian and East Asian Buddhism Jeffrey Dippmann 64

The Things of This World Are Masks the Infinite Assumes: Introducing Samkhya and Yoga Philosophy Tom Pynn 76


Too Twisted to Fit a Carpenter's Square: Using and Teaching the Daodejing Ronnie Littlejohn 93

Performing the Meanings of Dao: A Possible Pedagogical Strategy for Teaching Chinese Philosophy Robin R. Wang 106

Mengzi: Human Nature Is Good Xinyan Jiang 118


The Dilemma of D&obar;gen Brian Schroeder 133

The Absolute Contradictory What: On How to Read the Philosophy of Nishida Kitar&obar; Gereon Kopf 143

"The bottom of my soul has such depth that neither joy nor the waves of sorrow can reach it": An Introduction to the Kyoto School Jason M. Wirth 159

Part III Contexts


History as a Vehicle for the Universal John A. Tucker 179

Asking the Right Questions Francis Brassard 188

A Sketch of the Diamond Sutra's Logic of Not Shigenori Nagatomo 197


Names and Forms: The Paradox of Embodiment in Indian Art Harriette D. Grissom 211

Philosophical Reflection and Visual Art in Traditional China Stephen J. Goldberg 227


Teaching Chinese Philosophy from the Outside In Mary I. Bockover 243

A Strategy for Integrating Confucius's Analects into a Typical Introduction to Philosophy Course James Peterman 256

Contributors 271

Index 281

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