Eastern Philosophy: The Basics

By Victoria S. Harrison

© 2012 – Routledge

210 pages

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About the Book

Eastern Philosophy: The Basics is an essential introduction to major Indian and Chinese philosophies, both past and present. Exploring familiar metaphysical and ethical questions from the perspectives of different Eastern philosophies, including Confucianism, Daoism, and strands of Buddhism and Hinduism, this book covers key figures, issues, methods and concepts. Questions discussed include:

  • What is the ‘self’?
  • Is human nature inherently good or bad?
  • How is the mind related to the world?
  • How can you live an authentic life?
  • What is the fundamental nature of reality?

Throughout the book the relationships between Eastern Philosophy, Western Philosophy and the questions reflective people ask within the contemporary world are brought to the fore. With timelines highlighting key figures and their contributions, a list of useful websites and further reading suggestions for each topic, this engaging overview of fundamental ideas in Eastern Philosophy is valuable reading for all students of philosophy and religion, especially those seeking to understand Eastern perspectives.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Reason 2. Reality 3. Persons 4. Virtue 5. Authenticity 6. Mind. Conclusion. Glossary. Appendix I: Timelines. Appendix II: List of Useful Websites

About the Author

Victoria S. Harrison is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. She has extensive experience of teaching Indian and Chinese philosophies at undergraduate level in both the UK and the USA and has published extensively in the subject areas of Philosophy and Religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI003000
PHILOSOPHY / Eastern
PHI022000
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
PHI023000
PHILOSOPHY / Taoist
PHI033000
PHILOSOPHY / Hindu
REL051000
RELIGION / Philosophy