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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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Previously the second edition of Oriental Philosophies this book introduces and analyzes the major Asian philosophical and religious traditions and provides insights into the ways in which fundamental philosophical questions have been considered in Asia. Asian Philosophies includes quotations and examples directly from the philosophical and religious texts discussed. It also provides a pronunciation guide for Sanskrit, Chinese, and Japanese words. The third edition of Asian Philosophies has been revised to include new chapters on Islam and Jainism; the latest scholarship in Part II. Buddhist Philosophies; and new sections on the rectification of names, new examples from the Chuang Tzu, new quotations from the Lao Tzu, a clearer presentation of Neo-Confucianism, and a new section on post-Maoist thought in Part III. Chinese Philosophies. In addition, all chapters now include clarified explanations, new examples, and corrections based on recent scholarship. A valuable reference book for any reader wishing a deeper understanding of Asian philosophical and religious traditions.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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