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Philosophies of India

Philosophies of India

Author: Heinrich Robert Zimmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2020

A Princeton Classics edition of an essential work of twentieth-century scholarship on India Since its first publication, Philosophies of India has been considered a monumental exploration of the foundations of Indian philosophy. Based on the copious notes of Indologist, linguist, and art historian Heinrich Zimmer, and edited by Joseph Campbell, this book is organized into three sections. The Highest Good looks at Eastern and Western thought and their convergence; The Philosophies of Time discusses the philosophies of success, pleasure, and duty; and The Philosophies of Eternity presents the fundamental concepts of Buddhism, Brahmanism, Jainism, Sankhya and yoga, and Tantra. This work examines such areas as the Buddhist Tantras, Buddhist Genesis, the Tantric presentation of divinity, the preparation of disciples and the meaning of initiation, and the symbolism of the mandala-palace Tantric ritual and twilight language. It also delves into the Tantric teachings of the inner Zodiac and the fivefold ritual symbolism of passion. Appendices, a bibliography, and general and Sanskrit indexes are included.

Treatise on Awakening Mahayana Faith

Treatise on Awakening Mahayana Faith

Author: John Jorgensen, Dan Lusthaus, John Makeham, Mark Strange Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Dasheng qixin lun, or Treatise on Awakening Mahayana Faith has been one of the most important texts of East Asian Buddhism since it first appeared in sixth-century China. It outlines the initial steps a Mahayana Buddhist needs to take to reach enlightenment, beginning with the conviction that the Mahayana path is correct and worth pursuing. The Treatise addresses many of the doctrines central to various Buddhist teachings in China between the fifth and seventh centuries, attempting to reconcile seemingly contradictory ideas in Buddhist texts introduced from India. It provided a model for later schools to harmonize teachings and sustain the idea that, despite different approaches, there was only one doctrine, or Dharma. It profoundly shaped the doctrines and practices of the major schools of Chinese Buddhism: Chan, Tiantai, Huayan, and to a lesser extent Pure Land. It quickly became a shared resource for East Asian philosophers and students of Buddhist thought. Drawing on the historical and intellectual contexts of Treatise's composition and paying sustained attention to its interpretation in early commentaries, this new annotated translation of the classic, makes its ideas available to English readers like never before. The introduction orients readers to the main topics taken up in the Treatise and gives a comprehensive historical and intellectual grounding to the text. This volume marks a major advance in studies of the Treatise, bringing to light new interpretations and themes of the text.

Treatise on Awakening Mahayana Faith

Treatise on Awakening Mahayana Faith

Author: John Jorgensen, Dan Lusthaus, John Makeham, Mark Strange Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

Dasheng qixin lun, or Treatise on Awakening Mahayana Faith has been one of the most important texts of East Asian Buddhism since it first appeared in sixth-century China. It outlines the initial steps a Mahayana Buddhist needs to take to reach enlightenment, beginning with the conviction that the Mahayana path is correct and worth pursuing. The Treatise addresses many of the doctrines central to various Buddhist teachings in China between the fifth and seventh centuries, attempting to reconcile seemingly contradictory ideas in Buddhist texts introduced from India. It provided a model for later schools to harmonize teachings and sustain the idea that, despite different approaches, there was only one doctrine, or Dharma. It profoundly shaped the doctrines and practices of the major schools of Chinese Buddhism: Chan, Tiantai, Huayan, and to a lesser extent Pure Land. It quickly became a shared resource for East Asian philosophers and students of Buddhist thought. Drawing on the historical and intellectual contexts of Treatise's composition and paying sustained attention to its interpretation in early commentaries, this new annotated translation of the classic, makes its ideas available to English readers like never before. The introduction orients readers to the main topics taken up in the Treatise and gives a comprehensive historical and intellectual grounding to the text. This volume marks a major advance in studies of the Treatise, bringing to light new interpretations and themes of the text.

Nonexistent Objects in Buddhist Philosophy On Knowing What There is Not

Nonexistent Objects in Buddhist Philosophy On Knowing What There is Not

Author: Zhihua Yao Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Can we know what there is not? This book examines the historical development of the concept of the cognition of nonexistent objects in several major Buddhist philosophical schools. Beginning with a study of the historical development of the concept in Mahasamghika, Darstantika, Yogacara and Sautrantika, it evaluates how successfully they have argued against the extreme view of their main opponent the Sarvastivadins and established their view that one can know what there is not. It also includes thematic studies on the epistemological issues of nonexistence, discussing making sense of empty terms, controversies over negative judgments, and a proper classification of the conceptions of nothing or nonexistence. Taking a comparative approach to these topics, this book considers contemporary Western philosophers such as Husserl, Heidegger, Meinong and Russell alongside representative figures of the Buddhist Pramana School. Based on first-hand study of primary sources in Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan, Nonexistent Objects in Buddhist Philosophy makes available the rich discussions and debates on the epistemological issues of nonexistence in Buddhist philosophy to students and researchers in Asian and comparative philosophy.

Contemporary Voices from Anima Mundi A Reappraisal

Contemporary Voices from Anima Mundi A Reappraisal

Author: Frederique Apffel-Marglin Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

This book is a reconsideration of spirituality as a lived experience in the lives of the contributors. The authors speak both as well-informed scholars and as individuals who experienced the lived spirituality they give voice to. The authors do not place themselves above and outside of what they are writing about but within that world. They speak of living psychospiritual traditions of healing both the self and the world; of traditions that have not disembedded the self from the wider world. Those traditions are from indigenous North and South America (5 essays), a Buddhist/ Shakta from Bengal, an Indo-Persian Islamic psychoanalyst, a mystical Jewish feminist rabbi, and a historical essay about the extermination of the Renaissance worldview of Anima Mundi.

Black Pearl Spiritual Illumination in Sufism and East Asian Philosophies

Black Pearl Spiritual Illumination in Sufism and East Asian Philosophies

Author: Henry Bayman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

Confucian Tradition and Global Education

Confucian Tradition and Global Education

Author: Chan-Fai Cheung, Kwan Tze-Wan Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2019

Drawn from a series of lectures that Wm. Theodore de Bary delivered in honor of the Chinese philosopher Tang Junyi, Confucian Tradition and Global Education is a unique synthesis of essay and debate concerning the future of Chinese education and the potential political uses of Confucianism in the contemporary world. Rapid modernization and the rise of English as a global language increasingly threaten East Asia's cultural diversity and long-standing Confucian traditions. De Bary argues that keeping Confucianism alive in China is not only a matter of Chinese identity, but also a critical part of achieving a multicultural global education. Scholars take different views on what is worth preserving in Confucian tradition, and whether it is possible for the classical teachings to remain relevant in today's high-tech educational environment. De Bary and his contributors assert that the Chinese classics are the key to this survival, and therefore their inclusion in a global humanities curriculum is essential. De Bary also believes in the power of the classics to humanize the modernization process and to shape a more democratic East Asia. Kwan Tze-wan discusses the difficulty of teaching the Chinese humanities in English when certain ideas and values are best expressed in a native language, and Cheung Chan Fai demonstrates how it is still possible for Confucian humanism to contribute to a modern liberal education. Timely and passionately argued, Confucian Tradition and Global Education is a major work emphasizing the importance of Chinese philosophy in the post-World War II era.

Meditations The Philosophy Classic

Meditations The Philosophy Classic

Author: Marcus Aurelius, Tom Butler-Bowdon Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/12/2019

A deluxe special edition of the ancient classic written by the Roman Emperor known as The Philosopher Meditations is a series of personal journals written by Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome from 169 to 180 AD. The last of the Five Good Emperors, he was the most powerful and influential man in the Western world at the time. Marcus was one of the leaders of Stoicism, a philosophy of personal ethics which sought resilience and virtue through personal action and responsibility. Stoicism, viewed as a foundation of modern self-help, has inspired many personal development and psychotherapy approaches through to the present day. Meditations is perhaps the most important source of our modern understanding of Stoic philosophy. Its twelve books chronicle different stages of Marcus Aurelius' life and ideas. Although he ruled during the Pax Romana, the age of relative peace and stability throughout the empire, his reign was marked by near-constant military conflict and a devastating plague which killed upwards of five million people. Aurelius' writings give modern readers an unprecedented look into the spiritual exercises which helped him through his tumultuous life and strengthened his patience, empathy, generosity, self-knowledge and emotional health. The private reflections recorded in the Meditations were never meant to be published, rather they were a source for Marcus' own guidance and self-improvement, and jotted down by campfires or in military tents on the Roman front. The lessons, insights and perspectives contained within this remarkable work are just as relevant today as they were two millennia ago. This volume: Presents the timeless wisdom of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his Stoic philosophy, with new research on his life and times Contains valuable insights on topics such as resilience, moderation and emotional control Discusses how to live in agreement with nature and abide by strong ethical principles Part of the bestselling Capstone Classics Series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon, this attractive, high-quality hardcover volume includes: An original Introduction by Marcus Aurelius authority and Stoicism expert Donald Robertson, author of How To Think Like A Roman Emperor. A modernised, up to date version of the classic George Long translation. Meditations: The Philosophy Classic is a volume which will occupy a prominent place in any library for years to come.

Russian Philosophy Pre-Revolutionary Philosophy Theology

Russian Philosophy Pre-Revolutionary Philosophy Theology

Author: James M. Edie, James P. Scanlan, Mary Bar Zeldin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Twentieth-century Russian philosophy opens with the resurgence if religious currents if thought that, since the time of Slavophiles, have been isolated in the theological academies. Such thinkers as Fyodorov and Solovyov made religions philosophy once again academically and culturally acceptable in Russia, and their efforts were and are being continued by the Russian philosophers in exile, among whom Berdyaev, Shestov, Frank, and Lossky are the most eminent. Since the Revolution of 1917, philosophy inside Russia has been gradually replaced by political action and the more-or-less scholastic efforts to justify such action through various levels of Marxist revisionism. Official Soviet philosophy today is wholly identified with eh fortunes of an ever-changing reinterpretation of dialectical materialism; Russian philosophy in the traditional sense is now almost exclusivity identified with the philosophers in exile and their disciples.This is one of three volumes of the first historical anthology of Russian philosophical thought from its origins to the present day, with crucial and interpretive commentary. The work includes 68 selections from 27 philosophers, with new translations or re-translations especially for these volumes. (See the Contents page of this book for contents of other volumes/)

The Concept of Man in Contemporary China

The Concept of Man in Contemporary China

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Part of a trilogy exploring how ideas about human nature have shaped practices of social control and education over the course of Chinese history, this volume explores how the most striking political theories and policies of the contemporary period rest on distinctly Chinese theories of mind. Many of these contrast dramatically with long-held Western beliefs, key among them the insistence on the commingling of rational thought, the emotions, and motives. Focusing on the Maoist period (1940s through 1976), Munro reveals convergences between Confucian and Maoist theories of mind, and considers their application in both education and the practice of modern government. Donald J. Munro is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Chinese, University of Michigan. His work and career were recently profiled in Xifang Hanxuejia lun Zhongguo (Western sinologists on China), a review of seven key Western contributors to the study of Chinese culture and history.

I Am Because We Are Readings in Africana Philosophy

I Am Because We Are Readings in Africana Philosophy

Author: Fred Lee Hord Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

First published in 1995, I Am Because We Are has been recognized as a major, canon-defining anthology and adopted as a text in a wide variety of college and university courses. Bringing together writings by prominent black thinkers from Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, Fred Lee Hord and Jonathan Scott Lee made the case for a tradition of relational humanism distinct from the philosophical preoccupations of the West. Over the past twenty years, however, new scholarly research has uncovered other contributions to the discipline now generally known as Africana philosophy that were not included in the original volume. In this revised and expanded edition, Hord and Lee build on the strengths of the earlier anthology while enriching the selection of readings to bring the text into the twenty-first century. In a new introduction, the editors reflect on the key arguments of the book's central thesis, refining them in light of more recent philosophical discourse. This edition includes important new readings by Kwame Gyekye, Oyeronke Oy ewumi, Paget Henry, Sylvia Wynter, Toni Morrison, Charles Mills, and Tommy Curry, as well as extensive suggestions for further reading.

The Disinterested Witness A Fragment of Advaita Vedanta Phenomenology

The Disinterested Witness A Fragment of Advaita Vedanta Phenomenology

Author: Bina Gupta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2019

The Disinterested Witness is a detailed, contextual, and interpretive study of the concept of saksin (or that which directly or immediate perceives) in Advaita Vedanta, and a significant comparison of the philosophies of the East and West. Central to its topic is its comparison of the Advaita notion of the witness-consciousness with similar notions in Western phenomenology. Gupta explores the phenomenology relevance of the concept of saksin in Indian philosophy, while at the same time demonstrating that the notion of the witness-consciousness is essential for any sound theory of knowledge. Addressing a wide range of epistemological issues and dilemmas, as well as the perceived commonalities and differences between eastern and western philosophy, The Disinterested Witness is a major contribution to comparative philosophy, and forms a vantage point for cross-cultural comparison.