Asian Philosophies (4th Edition)

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With an inside view from an expert in the field, solid scholarship, and a clear and engaging writing style, Asian Philosophies invites students and professors to think along with the great thinkers of the Asian traditions. John M. Koller is a scholar and teacher who has devoted his life to understanding Asian thought and practice. He wrote this text to give students and professors access to the rich philosophical and religious ideas of both South and East Asia.

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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

About the Author:

John M. Koller is a Professor of Asian and Comparative Philosophy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  His research areas include Buddhism and Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy of Religion.  He is the author of more than fifty journal articles and chapters in edited books as well as five books.  In addition, he is the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards:  Selected Outstanding Educator of America, 1975; Named Outstanding World Philosopher, 2005; Wm. H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award, 1986; and Rensselaer Distinguished Teaching Fellow, 1990-92.

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