Understanding Eastern Philosophy

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 197 pages
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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Contents

Eastern philosophy or Eastern religion?
1
The concept of God
9
Hinduism I Its scriptures and systems
19
Hinduism II Its basic teaching
31
The heterodox systems I
43
The heterodox systems II Buddhism 1 Philosophy
51
The heterodox systems III Buddhism 2 The way of Buddha
61
The heterodox systems IV Buddhism 3 Mahayana Buddhism
71
Chinese philosophy III Confucianism
118
Metaphysics without theology I The ground of being
134
Metaphysics without theology II Human nature and destiny
142
Ethics and human behaviour
151
Nature and community
161
Authority and faith
169
Coexistence or coinherence?
178
Bibliography
188

Chinese philosophy I Taoism
85
Later developments in Taoism
97
Chinese philosophy II The YinYang School
107

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