A Comparative History of World Philosophy: From the Upanishads to Kant

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Philosophy - 685 pages
A Comparative History of World Philosophy presents a personal yet balanced guide through what the author argues to be the three great philosophical traditions: Chinese, European, and Indian. The book breaks through the cultural barriers between these traditions, proving that despite their considerable differences, fundamental resemblances exist in their abstract principles. Ben-Ami Scharfstein argues that Western students of philosophy will profit considerably if they study Indian and Chinese philosophy from the very beginning, along with their own.

Written with clarity and infused with an engaging narrative voice, this book is organized thematically, presenting in virtually every chapter characteristic views from each tradition that represent similar positions in the core areas of metaphysics and epistemology. At the same time, Scharfstein develops each tradition historically as the chapters unfold. He presents a great variety of philosophical positions fairly, avoiding the relativism and ethnocentrism that could easily plague a comparative presentation of Western and non-Western philosophies.

 

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Contents

The Three Philosophical Traditions
1
The Beginnings of Metaphysical Philosophy
55
The Beginnings of Moral Philosophy
79
Early Logical Relativism Skepticism and Absolutism
113
Early Rational Synthesis
145
Early Varieties of Atomism
171
Hierarchical Idealism
205
Developed Skepticism
233
ImmanentTranscendent Holism
367
Perceptual Analysis Realistic and Idealistic
407
Fideistic NeoSkepticism
467
Afterword
517
Notes
531
Bibliography
655
Note on Author
659
Index
661

ReligioPhilosophical Synthesis
275
LogicSensitized Methodological Metaphysics
329

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Ben-Ami Scharfstein is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University. He is the author of eleven books, including Amoral Politics: The Persistent Truth of Machiavellism and Ineffability: The Failure of Words in Philosophy and Religion, both published by SUNY Press.

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