Dictionary of Asian Philosophies

Dictionary of Asian Philosophies

Dictionary of Asian Philosophies

Dictionary of Asian Philosophies

Synopsis

Spanning three thousand years and five major cultures, the traditions of Eastern philosophy play a major role in any study of human thought today; to ignore the East is to miss the valuable insights of philosophers from the Persian, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese traditions. In this book, every major stream of Eastern thought, whether idealistic or materialistic, is presented.The author reveals here the wisdom of the East, from Avicenna to Zoroaster, from Buddha to Gandhi. Entries cover not only the philosophers themselves but also the philosophical terms and concepts, the historical background, the doctrines, teachings and writings of the East. Whether we wish to consult the I Ching , to understand Zen koan , or to read from the Upanishads , this volume will be a valuable tool in our quest.

Excerpt

The DICTIONARY OF ASIAN PHILOSOPHIES by Dr. St. Elmo Nauman, Jr., is no doubt the most timely work for the benefit of western students, teachers, as well as the general reader. Eastern philosophies with which the West came into contact as far back as the 16th and the 17th centuries, which were studied by selected western scholars during the 18th and the 19th centuries, are not only creating interest, but even being adopted as a way of life by thousands of Westerners today.

Our age is the age of transformation, comparable to the Renaissance Period which brought about the advancement of science and technology. The present Neo-Renaissance, which is unveil-ing Far Eastern culture in the West, is bound to lead to the advancement of humanities and philosophy in the near future. The DICTIONARY not only acquaints the reader with philosophical terms and philosophers, but it also gives a historical background of Asian philosophies. The style is lucid and elegant. In this volume Dr. Nauman has made a scholarly contribution to the better understanding of Asian philosophies in the West, and has also supplied useful material for scholars who are interested in a comparative study of Eastern and Western philosophies.

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