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Understanding Eastern Philosophy - Ray Billington

Understanding Eastern Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 2nd October 1997
ISBN: 9780415129640
Number Of Pages: 208

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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.

Eastern Philosophy or Eastern Religion?
The Concept of God
Its Scriptures and Systems
Its Basic Teaching
The Heterodox Systems I
The Heterodox Systems II: Buddhism: 1
The Heterodox Systems II: Buddhism: 2
Mahayana Buddhism
Chinese Philosophy: 1. Taoism
Later Developments in Taoism
The Yin Yang School
Metaphysics without Theology I
Metaphysics without Theology II
Ethics and Human Behaviour
Nature and Community
Authority and Faith
Coexistence or Coinherence?
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ISBN: 9780415129640
ISBN-10: 0415129648
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 2nd October 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1