Learning from Asian Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview

In an attempt to bridge the vast divide between classical Asian thought and contemporary Western philosophy, Joel J. Kupperman finds that the two traditions do not, by and large, supply different answers to the same questions. Rather, each tradition is searching for answers to their own set of questions—mapping out distinct philosophical investigations.

In this groundbreaking book, Kupperman argues that the foundational Indian and Chinese texts include lines of thought that can enrich current philosophical practice, and in some cases provide uniquely sophisticated insights. Special attention is given to the ethical issues of formation and fluidity of self, the nature and possibilities of choice, the compartmentalization of life implicit in some ethical systems, the variations of ethical demands from person to person, and the nature of philosophy itself as a communicative activity. This study will provide a wealth of information for philosophers seeking a closer knowledge of Asian philosophy and general readers with an interest in Eastern thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195128321
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel J. Kupperman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, and has been a visiting professor at colleges in Oxford and Cambridge. His previous books include Ethical Knowledge (1970), The Foundations of Morality (1983), Character (1991), and Value . . . And What Follows (1999).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pt. I The Formation of Self as an Ethical Problem
1 The Psychology and Ethics of Self 17
2 Confucius and the Problem of Naturalness 26
3 Tradition and Community in the Formation of Self 36
4 The Formation of Self: Afterword 52
Pt. II The Fluidity of Self
5 Debates over the Self 57
6 Falsity, Psychic Indefiniteness, and Self-Knowledge 66
7 Spontaneity and Education of the Emotions in the Zhuangzi 79
8 Fluidity and Character: Afterword 90
Pt. III Choice
9 Choice and Possibility 97
10 Confucius, Mencius, Hume, and Kant on Reason and Choice 102
11 Reason and Choice: Afterword 119
Pt. IV The Scope of Ethics
12 The Compartmentalization of Western Ethics 123
13 Tradition and Moral Progress 131
14 The Emotions of Altruism, East and West 145
15 Varieties of Ethical Judgment: Afterword 156
Pt. V The Demands of Ethics
16 Expecting More of Some People 161
17 Confucius and the Nature of Religious Ethics 164
18 The Supra-Moral in Religious Ethics: The Case of Buddhism 171
19 The Elective "Ought": Afterword 177
Pt. VI Philosphy as Communication
20 Philosophy and Enlightenment 181
21 Not in So Many Words: Zhuangzi's Strategies of Communication 184
22 Philosophy as Psychic Change: Afterword 192
Bibliography 195
Index 205
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