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The Buddha Meets Socrates: A Philosopher's Journal Paperback – August 26, 2013
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About the Author
Harrison J. Pemberton has been teaching philosophy for over fifty years. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and since then his main focus has been Western thought, especially Plato. Ever since he was in the U.S. occupation forces in Japan after World War II, he has kept alive an interest in Eastern thought as well. He has taught at Yale, the University of Virginia, and Washington and Lee University where he is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas, California State University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and at the Karma Shri Diwakar Institute of Buddhist Studies in Kalimpong, India. He currently resides in Lexington, Virginia and teaches philosophy at the Virginia Military Institute.
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I was fortunate to have been able to take a number of courses taught by the author, Dr. Harrison Pemberton.
I always wondered whether he would write a book, as Socrates, (the focus of several courses), never did, as he believed it would dull the
memory. Fortunately, Plato did not share this same commitment, and wrote the Platonic Dialogues. This book is almost
a functional equivalent of Plato's works, as Dr. Pemberton does not seek to provide answers. Rather, he raises questions as he discusses
the differences in East-West philosophies and how they have evolved over the years. He leaves it up to the reader to
ponder the issues and how they are viewed under different contemporary cultures. I am certainly glad Dr. Pemberton
decided to visit India and share his experiences with this wonderful book!
systems with unbiased analysis. Jack Montgomery, student of Dr. Pemberton at University of Virginia.