Learning from Asian Philosophy by Joel J. KuppermanLearning from Asian Philosophy by Joel J. Kupperman

Learning from Asian Philosophy

byJoel J. Kupperman

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In an attempt to bridge the vast divide between classical Asian thought and contemporary Western philosophy, Joel J. Kupperman finds that the two traditions do not, by and large, supply different answers to the same questions. Rather, each tradition is searching for answers to their own set ofquestions--mapping out distinct philosophical investigations. In this groundbreaking book, Kupperman argues that the foundational Indian and Chinese texts include lines of thought that can enrich current philosophical practice, and in some cases provide uniquely sophisticated insights. Special attention is given to the ethical issues of formation and fluidityof self, the nature and possibilities of choice, the compartmentalization of life implicit in some ethical systems, the variations of ethical demands from person to person, and the nature of philosophy itself as a communicative activity. This study will provide a wealth of information forphilosophers seeking a closer knowledge of Asian philosophy and general readers with an interest in Eastern thought.

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Joel J. Kupperman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, and has been a visiting professor at colleges in Oxford and Cambridge. His previous books include Ethical Knowledge (1970), The Foundations of Morality (1983), Character (1991), and Value . . . And What Follows (1999).
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Title:Learning from Asian PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionSection 1:. The Formation of the SelfSection 2:. The Fluidity of the SelfSection 3:. ChoiceSection 4:. The Scope of EthicsSection 5:. The Demands of EthicsSection 6:. Philosophy as CommunicationBibliographyIndex

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The world is a collage of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Agnostics, Atheists, Humanist and hundreds of other religions besides. Just because a person practices one religion, does it mean that she or he has nothing to learn from another? Joel J. Kupperman examines a variety of Eastern religions, extracts snippets of powerful insight from each of them and tells readers how they can use the information to enhance their own beliefs and understanding of human existence in Learning From Asian Philosophy.

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"The book supports the emerging trend in Western philosophical ethics to be more inclusive of global ethical perspectives."--Religious Studies Review