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

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

by David Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438426763

ISBN-13: 9781438426761

Pub. Date: 01/22/2010

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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.

In an increasingly global society, non-Western thought can no longer be an afterthought for educators and their students. Asian Texts — Asian Contexts helps bring Asian philosophy and religion into wider

Overview

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.

In an increasingly global society, non-Western thought can no longer be an afterthought for educators and their students. Asian Texts — Asian Contexts helps bring Asian philosophy and religion into wider classroom consideration by giving nonspecialists entrée to primary texts from India, China, and Japan and pedagogical strategies for presenting this material to Western students.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438426761
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/22/2010
Series:
SUNY series in Asian Studies Development Series
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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

India

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

China

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

Japan

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

Frameworks

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

Art

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

Philosophy

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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