Understanding Eastern Philosophy
Psychology Press, 1997 - 197 Seiten
This book provides an accessible critical introduction to how some of the key philosophies of the East compare with those in the West.Understanding Eastern Philosophy provides an accessible critical introduction to how some of the key philosophies of the East compare with those in the West. Starting from a discussion of the problems of distinguishing between religions and philosophies, Ray Billington presents a clear picture of the key tenets behind Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism and Confucianism.Moving on to compare the key themes of religious philosophy that cut across East and West, such as a belief in God, the soul, moral decision-making, nature and authority, Understanding Eastern Philosophy presents a fascinating and controversial picture of the contribution theistic religions have to make. With its belief in a personal God bestowing a particular version of 'truth', Ray Billington concludes that the universal mysticism characteristic of Eastern thought provides a more realistic and rewarding path than is commonly supposed in the West.Understanding Eastern Philosophy assumes no prior knowledge of religion or philosophy.
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Eastern philosophy or Eastern religion?
The concept of God
Hinduism I Its scriptures and systems
Hinduism II Its basic teaching
The heterodox systems I
The heterodox systems II Buddhism 1 Philosophy
The heterodox systems III Buddhism 2 The way of Buddha
The heterodox systems IV Buddhism 3 Mahayana Buddhism
Chinese philosophy III Confucianism
Metaphysics without theology I The ground of being
Metaphysics without theology II Human nature and destiny
Ethics and human behaviour
Nature and community
Authority and faith
Coexistence or coinherence?
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