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Clearly written for the beginning student, THE PULSE OF WISDOM provides an introduction to Asian philosophy as found in the countries of India, China, and Japan. Its thematic approach covers the most significant questions in the areas of Oriental metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, and ethics as it successfully integrates historical and regional approaches. In addition, readings from Indian, Chinese, and Japanese sources allow the student to gain some familiarity with primary sources. This text helps students develop a sound grasp of the major teachings and leading figures and schools in Oriental thought. Furthermore, it enables the reader to gain a competent understanding of the ways of thinking of peoples with whom we will continue to work together more closely in our global community.
1. HISTORICAL SURVEY.
Indian Philosophies: Philosophical Traits. Hindu Philosophies. Indian Buddhism. Chinese Philosophies: Philosophical Traits. Ancient Period (before 221 B.C.E.). Middle Period (221 B.C.E.-960 C.E.). Neo-Confucianism (960-1912). Modern Period (1912-present). Japanese Philosophies: Philosophical Traits. Period of Antiquity: Nara and Heian Schools. Medieval Buddhism. Tokugawa Confucianism. Modern Period. Study Questions. Notes.
Indian Philosophies: Hindu Perspectives on Reality. Buddhist Perspectives on Reality. Chinese Philosophies: Basic Themes Concerning Reality. Ancient Chinese Views of Reality. Confucianism and Reality. Tao as Wu: Neo-Taoism and Reality. Chinese Buddhism and Reality. Neo-Confucianism and Reality. Japanese Philosophies: Early Buddhism and Reality. Medieval Buddhism and Reality. Tokugawa Confucianism and Reality. Kyoto School and Reality. Study Questions. Notes.
Indian Philosophies: Hindu Perspectives. Buddhist Perspectives. Chinese Philosophies: Chuang Tzu: "Forget the Self". Confucius and Tung Chung-shu. Neo-Confucianists. Buddhists. Japanese Philosophies: Shushi, Chu Hsi Neo-Confucianism. Japanese Buddhism. Kyoto School. Watsuji Tetsuro: Self and Climate. Study Questions. Notes.
Indian Philosophies: Hindu Perspectives. Buddhist Perspectives. Chinese Philosophies: Chuang Tzu. Confucianists. School of Names (Logicians). Ch'an Buddhism: No-Mind. Wang Yang-ming: Intuitive Knowledge. Chang Tung-sun: Culture and Knowledge. Japanese Philosophies: Japanese Buddhism. Nishida Kitaro. Study Questions. Notes.
Indian Philosophies: Hindu Perspectives on Ethics. Buddhist Perspectives on Ethics. Chinese Philosophies: Ancient Schools and Ethics. Chinese Buddhism and Fa-tsang. Neo-Confucianism and Ethics. Japanese Philosophies: Japanese Buddhism. Japanese Neo-Confucianism. Bushido. Nishida Kitaro and the Unifying Power of Consciousness. Watsuji Tetsuro and Aidagara. Study Questions. Notes.
Indian Philosophies: Hindu Perspectives on Death. Buddhist Perspectives on Death. Chinese Philosophies: Taoism. Confucianism. Mo Tzu on Death. Chinese Buddhism. Social Immortality. Japanese Philosophies: Basic Japanese Themes Concerning Death. Japanese Buddhism and Death. Some Japanese Customs Concerning Death. Study Questions. Notes.