Oriental Enlightenment: The Encounter Between Asian and Western Thought

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Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 273 pages
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What is the place of the Eastern thought in the West? This volume shows how despite current talk of globalization, there is still a reluctance to accept that the West could have borrowed anything of significance from the East, and offers a critique of the orientalist view that we must view any study of the east through the lens of western colonialism and domination. The text provides an introduction to the fascination Eastern thought has exerted on Western minds since the Renaissance. This survey argues that any adequate history of Western thought must take into account how philosophical, religious and psychological ideas from India, China and Japan have been drawn into Western thought from the 17th century onwards. Tackling debates on orientalism, post colonialism and postmodernism, the text provides a perspective on cross cultural exchanges between East and West.
 

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Clarke (history of ideas, Kingston Univ., UK) notes that for hundreds of years the West has sought out the tradition of the East's philosophies. The search has been one-sided, however; the East ... Read full review

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Contents

some conjectures
16
the age of Enlightenment
37
the age of Romanticism
54
the nineteenth century
71
East West encounter in the twentieth century
95
Philosophical encounters
112
Religious dialogue
130
l Psychological interpretations
149
Scientific and ecological speculations
165
Reflections and reorientations
181
Orientalism and postmodernity
210
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Clarke is Head of History of Ideas at Kingston University.

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