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Asian Philosophies (4th Edition) Paperback – June 26, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0130923851 ISBN-10: 0130923850 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (June 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130923850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130923851
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author not only loves his field, he obviously cares very much that students have access to this information in a way conducive to their learning the material. The book is eminently 'teachable' and 'learnable'...There's nothing else like Asian Philosophies on the market, and it's the book 'anyone who is anyone' recommends..." -- E.R. Klein, Flagler College

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From the Preface: "What are the main ideas that have shaped Asian cultures? What are the fundamental values that have guided the lives of Asian peoples over the millenia? How have the great thinkers of Asia thought about these ideas and values? This book is intended to answer these questions, enabling us to understand the principal philosophies of the great Asian traditions." Asian Philosophies carefully and sympathetically presents and analyzes major Asian philosophical and religious traditions, continuing to use the best scholarship in the field.

Key Features:

  • Quotations and examples taken from each tradition's sacred texts
  • Review questions and annotated bibliography at end of each chapter
  • Important illustrations and maps which aid in student comprehension
  • Glossary of terms, and pronunciation guide for Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese words

NEW to this edition:

  • New chapter on historical perspectives and features of Indian philosophy
  • New chapter on Perfection of Wisdom tradition
  • Historical timelines for each philosophical and religious tradition
  • New material on theistic developments
  • Updated scholarship on Jainism
  • Expanded coverage of Mimamsa within Indian philosophy
  • Updated historical introductions to Sarvastivada, Madhyamaka, and Yogacara chapters

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This collection of information on Asian philosophies, from the earliest Hindu verses to the latest modern spins on Buddhism and Confucianism, is for students, not enthusiasts. It is competent, well-researched, contains ample material for personal study, but, as the discussion questions at the ends of chapters indicate, is a college textbook.
The drawback of this, is a dispassionate, sometimes tedious delivery. The discussions of the various schools of Hinduism, are mind-boggling in their implications, but also difficult. The advantage of this, is the direct converse. The subject matter demands careful attention, not adulation.
I recommend this book for students and perhaps those with an interest in culture, but especially for those who think Western thought is too logical and lifeless. Asian philosophies have a rigor all their own, and this book should tease the proselytes from the enlightened.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Rudd on October 18, 2007
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This book is certainly not a comprehensive item, but for those relatively new to Asian thought, it's a great start. As a matter-of-fact, it acknowledges this expected shortfall by providing suggested reading to expand on ideas presented in the book. It very directly presents and addresses key points and concepts within each of the major systems. I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants a little insight and a basic starting point towards understanding our Asian counterparts.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ghanta on February 27, 2006
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GENERALLY
This book is nicely put together and covers most of the major religions in Asia.
I was somewhat sceptical when I saw the book at first, but pleasantly surprised when I started to realise that mr Koller had been able to squeeze down so much of well thought and worked through philosophies in this relatively thin book.

CONTENTS
However, the bigger attention is put on Indian philosophies (including sum of Vedic scripts, Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism and much more). Then again it makes sence if you go through all those different philosophies, as one can find few familiar elements here and there in philosophies/religions that come after Indian ones.

Maybe about 2/3 of the book is about (originally) Indian religions, including then also Buddhism in other countries. For example one of the chapters included there is about Japanese Zen Buddhism.
Another third is about Chinese religions as Confucianism and Taoism.

There is also one chapter about Islam. Maybe not really fair amount comparing with other religions, but still gives basic idea about it.

Couldn't find much, if anything, about Sikh religion... even if it might have been mentioned in few places. Even if not major religion, would have still been interesting to find at least a page about it.

STYLE
As for me, I rather think (concidering previous review) this book could be said have been writen from "believers" or even emic perspective.
It can slightly seam as the author could be potential follower of all those philosophies/religions, and this feeling of inside perspective is one of the best things about this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherrie Brownell on October 17, 2013
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This review is specifically about the quality of the text book. It is cheaply done. The pages are thin and a mousy white color. It is possible to see the previous page text and diagrams on the page you are viewing. This is because the pages are so thin, the text of the previous page easily shows through. As you can imagine it is distracting. The price of the new text is over 80.00. It is very overpriced for the physical quality of the book. Buy it used , if you can. I was terribly disappointed.

Having heavily criticized the cheap quality of the book, the book is one of the best books on Eastern Philosophy available for undergraduate level students.
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