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Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Sachidananda Mohanty Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Sachidananda Mohanty
R961 Discovery Miles 9 610 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book presents an alternative view of cosmopolitanism, citizenship and modernity in early 20th-century India through the multiple lenses of mysticism, travel, friendship, art, and politics. It makes a key intervention in the understanding of cosmopolitan modernity based on the lives and experiences of Rabindranath Tagore, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Sri Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa, James Cousins, Paul Richard, Dilip Kumar Roy, and Taraknath Das. Using archival texts and photographs, Mohanty interrogates the ideas of tradition and modernity, the local and the global, and Self and the world as integral to the conception of a cosmopolitan world order. This second edition will interest scholars and students of modern Indian history, comparative literature, cultural studies, Indian philosophy, and South Asian studies and the general reader.

The Global Gandhi - Essays in Comparative Political Philosophy (Paperback): Ramin Jahanbegloo The Global Gandhi - Essays in Comparative Political Philosophy (Paperback)
Ramin Jahanbegloo
R952 Discovery Miles 9 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book is a comparative study of Gandhi's philosophy and analyzes his relevance to modern political thought. It traces the intellectual origins of Gandhi's nonviolence as well as his engagement with Western thinkers - ancient as well as his contemporaries. The author discusses Gandhi's exchanges with eminent thinkers like Tolstoy and Thoreau, and looks at his vision of pluralism, democracy, and violence through the lens of philosophers like Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, and Cornelius Castoriadis. Further, it explores Gandhi's association with Abdul Ghaffar Khan and the Khilafat Movement. Finally, the book examines Gandhian thought in the light of his global followers like Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela. An invaluable resource for the contemporary mind, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of politics, political thought, Gandhi studies, and philosophy.

Exploring Agency in the Mahabharata - Ethical and Political Dimensions of Dharma (Paperback): Sibesh Chandra Bhattacharya,... Exploring Agency in the Mahabharata - Ethical and Political Dimensions of Dharma (Paperback)
Sibesh Chandra Bhattacharya, Vrinda Dalmiya, Gangeya Mukherji
R970 Discovery Miles 9 700 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Mahabharata, one of the major epics of India, is a sourcebook complete by itself as well as an open text constantly under construction. This volume looks at transactions between its modern discourses and ancient vocabulary. Located amid conversations between these two conceptual worlds, the volume grapples with the epic's problematisation of dharma or righteousness, and consequently, of the ideal person and the good life through a cluster of issues surrounding the concept of agency and action. Drawing on several interdisciplinary approaches, the essays reflect on a range of issues in the Mahabharata, including those of duty, motivation, freedom, selfhood, choice, autonomy, and justice, both in the context of philosophical debates and their ethical and political ramifications for contemporary times. This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers engaged with philosophy, literature, religion, history, politics, culture, gender, South Asian studies, and Indology. It will also appeal to the general reader interested in South Asian epics and the Mahabharata.

Critical Humanities from India - Contexts, Issues, Futures (Paperback): D. Venkat Rao Critical Humanities from India - Contexts, Issues, Futures (Paperback)
D. Venkat Rao
R976 Discovery Miles 9 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The field of humanities generates a discourse that traditionally addressed the questions of what is proper to man, rights of man, crimes against humanity, human creativity and action, human reflection and performance, human utterance and artefact. The university as a philosophical-political institution transmits this humanist account. This European humanistic legacy, which is little more than Christian anthropology, barely received any questioning from cultures that faced colonialism. In such a context, this volume attempts to unravel the 'barely secularized heritage' of Europe (Derrida's phrase) and its fatal consequences in other cultures. The task of Critical Humanities is to explore the ways in which the question of being human (along with non-human others) today from heterogeneous cultural 'backgrounds' can be undertaken. The future of the humanities teaching and research is contingent upon the risky task of configuring cultural difference from non-European locations. Such a task is inescapable and urgently needed when tectonic cultural upheavals have begun to show devastating effect on planetary coexistence today. It is precisely in such a context that this collection of essays on critical humanities affirms, 'without alibi', the urgency of collective reflection and innovative research across the traditional disciplinary and institutional borders and communication systems on the one hand and Asian, African and European cultural formations on the other. Critical Humanities are at one level little more than communities on the verge (critical) but whose centuries long survival and resilient creations of cultural (and /as natural) habitats are of deeply enduring significance to affirm the biocultural diversities of living that compose the planet. Topical and timely, this book will be useful to scholars, researchers and teachers of cultural theory, literary studies, philosophy, cultural geography, legal studies, sociology, history, performance studies, environmental studies, caste and communalism studies, postcolonial theory, India studies, and education.

How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World / (Spanish Edition) - Como Seguir Siendo Humano En Un Mundo: Practicar El Mindfulness En... How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World / (Spanish Edition) - Como Seguir Siendo Humano En Un Mundo: Practicar El Mindfulness En La Vida Cotidiana (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Tim Desmond; Translated by Luz Y Anes Rivera
R311 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy - Freedom from Foundations (Hardcover): Jay L. Garfield Wilfrid Sellars and Buddhist Philosophy - Freedom from Foundations (Hardcover)
Jay L. Garfield
R2,972 Discovery Miles 29 720 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The aim of this book is to address the relevance of Wilfrid Sellars' philosophy to understanding topics in Buddhist philosophy. While contemporary scholars of Buddhism often take Sellars as a touchstone for philosophical analysis, and while many take Sellars' corpus as their entree into current philosophical discourse, fewer contemporary philosophers have crossed the bridge in the other direction, using Sellarsian ideas as a way of entering into Buddhist philosophy. The essays in this volume, written by both philosophers and Buddhist Studies scholars, are divided into two sections organized around two of Sellars' essays that have been particularly influential in Buddhist Studies: "Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man" and "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind." The chapters in Part I generally address questions concerning the two truths, while those in Part II concern issues in epistemology and philosophy of mind. The volume will be of interest to Sellars scholars, to scholars interested in the contemporary interaction of Buddhist philosophy and Western philosophy and to scholars of Buddhist Studies.

Living Zen - A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence (Paperback): Seth Zuih? Segall Living Zen - A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence (Paperback)
Seth Zuihō Segall
R281 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R49 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Seeing Clearly - A Buddhist Guide to Life (Hardcover): Nicolas Bommarito Seeing Clearly - A Buddhist Guide to Life (Hardcover)
Nicolas Bommarito
R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Many of us, even on our happiest days, struggle to quiet the constant buzz of anxiety in the background of our minds. All kinds of worries-worries about losing people and things, worries about how we seem to others-keep us from peace of mind. Distracted or misled by our preoccupations, misconceptions, and, most of all, our obsession with ourselves, we don't see the world clearly-we don't see the world as it really is. In our search for happiness and the good life, this is the main problem. But luckily there is a solution, and on the path to understanding it, we can make use of the rich and varied teachings that have developed over centuries of Buddhist thought. With clarity and compassion, Nicolas Bommarito explores the central elements of centuries of Buddhist philosophy and practice, explaining how they can improve your life and teach you to live without fear. Mining important texts and lessons for practical guidance, he provides a friendly guide to the very practical goals that underpin Buddhist philosophy. After laying out the basic ideas, Bommarito walks readers through a wide range of techniques and practices we can adopt to mend ingrained habits. Rare for its exploration of both the philosophy that motivates Buddhism and its practical applications, this is a compassionate guide to leading a good life that anyone can follow.

Atmospheres of Breathing (Paperback): Lenart Skof, Petri Berndtson Atmospheres of Breathing (Paperback)
Lenart Skof, Petri Berndtson
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
5-Minute Daily Meditations - Instant Wisdom, Clarity, and Calm (Paperback): Sah D'Simone 5-Minute Daily Meditations - Instant Wisdom, Clarity, and Calm (Paperback)
Sah D'Simone
R345 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Power of Hope - Thoughts on Peace and Human Rights in the Third Millennium (Hardcover): Daisaku Ikeda, Adolfo Perez Esquivel The Power of Hope - Thoughts on Peace and Human Rights in the Third Millennium (Hardcover)
Daisaku Ikeda, Adolfo Perez Esquivel
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Human history has been marked by the great number of people born into conditions of war, violence, oppression and social exclusion. But at the same time, this history has been shaped by the long struggle for human rights and the people who have committed themselves to the practices of solidarity and nonviolence. The Power of Hope: Thoughts on Peace and Human Rights in the Third Millennium is a dialogue between two high-profile activists and thinkers who discuss the concrete ways we can shift to a world that prioritises justice and human dignity. Adolfo Perez Esquivel - Argentinian human rights activist and winner of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize - played a vital role in resisting military dictatorship and was arrested and tortured under the Argentine militarist government. Daisaku Ikeda is a peacebuilder, Buddhist philosopher, educator, author and poet as well as being the founding president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the world's largest Buddhist lay organisation. Their dialogue intertwines their rich personal experiences in the struggle for human rights with wider reflections on how to make the Third Millennium the millennium of peace. The book combines rich accounts of Latin America under the brutality of the 1970s military regimes; insights from the Buddhist faith on the role of meditation for human rights activists; recognition of the crucial role of women in the practice of nonviolence; thoughts on international geopolitics and the legacies of Hiroshima; and discussion of the perilous role of globalisation in the loss of identities and ethical values.

The Art of War - A New Translation by Michael Nylan (Hardcover): Sun Tzu The Art of War - A New Translation by Michael Nylan (Hardcover)
Sun Tzu; Translated by Michael Nylan
R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Sun Tzu's book of strategy and psychology has as much to tell us today as when it was written 2,500 years ago. Michael Nylan, in her provocative introduction, sees new and unexpected lessons to be learned from The Art of War-in business, relationships, games of skill, academic careers and medical practices. Strategy, like conflict, is woven into society's very roots. Nylan's crisp translation "offers a masterly new evaluation of this classic work, which balances the overtly military content with a profound and thought-provoking analysis" (Olivia Milburn). It proves that Sun Tzu is more relevant than ever, helping us navigate the conflicts we know and those we have yet to endure.

Avicenna's Al-Shifa' - Oriental Philosophy (Hardcover): Sari Nusseibeh Avicenna's Al-Shifa' - Oriental Philosophy (Hardcover)
Sari Nusseibeh
R3,110 Discovery Miles 31 100 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book deals with the philosophy of Ibn Sina - Avicenna as he was known in the Latin West- a Persian Muslim who lived in the eleventh century, considered one of the most important figures in the history of philosophy. Although much has been written about Avicenna, and especially about his major philosophical work, Al-Shifa, this book presents the rationalist Avicenna in an entirely new light, showing him to have presented a theory where our claims of knowledge about the world are in effect just that, claims, and must therefore be underwritten by our faith in God. His project enlists arguments in psychology as well as in language and logic. In a sense, the ceiling he puts on the reach of reason can be compared with later rationalists in the Western tradition, from Descartes to Kant -though, unlike Descartes, he does not deem it necessary to reconstruct his theory of knowledge via a proof of the existence of God. Indeed, Avicenna's theory presents the concept of God as being necessarily presupposed by our theory of knowledge, and God as the Necessary Being who is presupposed by an existing world where nothing of itself is what it is by an intrinsic nature, and must therefore be as it is due to an external cause. The detailed and original analysis of Avicenna's work here is presented as what he considered to be his own, or 'oriental' philosophy. Presenting an innovative interpretation of Avicenna's thought, this book will appeal to scholars working on classical Islamic philosophy, kalam and the History of Logic.

The Fifth Corner of Four - An Essay on Buddhist Metaphysics and the Catuskoti (Paperback): Graham Priest The Fifth Corner of Four - An Essay on Buddhist Metaphysics and the Catuskoti (Paperback)
Graham Priest
R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Graham Priest presents an exploration of Buddhist metaphysics, drawing on texts which include those of Nagarjuna and Dogen. The development of Buddhist metaphysics is viewed through the lens of the catuskoti. At its simplest, and as it appears in the earliest texts, this is a logical/ metaphysical principle which says that every claim is true, false, both, or neither; but the principle itself evolves, assuming new forms, as the metaphysics develops. An important step in the evolution incorporates ineffability. Such things make no sense from the perspective of a logic which endorses the principles of excluded middle and non-contradiction, which are standard fare in Western logic. However, the book shows how one can make sense of them by applying the techniques of contemporary non-classical logic, such as those of First Degree Entailment, and Plurivalent Logic. An important issue that emerges as the book develops is the notion of non-duality and its transcendence. This allows many of the threads of the book to be drawn together at its end. All matters are explained, in as far as possible, in a way that is accessible to those with no knowledge of Buddhist philosophy or contemporary non-classical logic.

Mind, Soul and Consciousness - Religion, Science and the Psy-Disciplines in Modern South Asia (With a Foreword by J.N. Mohanty)... Mind, Soul and Consciousness - Religion, Science and the Psy-Disciplines in Modern South Asia (With a Foreword by J.N. Mohanty) (Paperback)
Soumen Mukherjee, Christopher Harding
R954 Discovery Miles 9 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This comprehensive volume explores histories and modern reworkings of the ideas of mind, soul and consciousness in South Asia. It focuses on the burgeoning 'psy-disciplines' - psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy - and their links with religion, science, philosophy, and modern notions of the mystical and spiritual, not just in South Asia, but around the world. The authors explore the global flows of ideas that gathered pace during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including: the idea(s) of self within 'Hindu modernities'; the history of relativity of consciousness in Jaina epistemology; Jungian critiques of Cartesian rationalism; Islamic reform vis-a-vis Sufi mysticism; and the re-examination and invocations of key strands of the fields of 'Indian philosophy' and the 'psy-disciplines' in modern India. Together these chapters stoke a critical engagement with existing conceptual boundaries and categories of mind, soul, consciousness, and body-mind relationship in modern Asian and European spiritual and intellectual traditions. This book will interest scholars and students of cross-cultural philosophy, intellectual history, history of religion, religious studies, and history of the mind sciences. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal South Asian History and Culture.

Chinese Buddhism - A Thematic History (Paperback): Chun-Fang Yu Chinese Buddhism - A Thematic History (Paperback)
Chun-Fang Yu
R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What are the foundational scriptures and major schools for Chinese Buddhists? What divinities do they worship? What festivals do they celebrate? These are some of the basic questions addressed in this book, the first introduction to Chinese Buddhism written expressly for students and those interested in an accessible yet authoritative overview of the subject based on current scholarship.After presenting the basic tenets of the Buddha's teachings and the Chinese religious traditions, the book focuses on topics essential for understanding Chinese Buddhism: major scriptures, worship of buddhas and bodhisattvas, rituals and festivals, the monastic order, Buddhist schools such as Tiantai and Chan, Buddhism and gender, and current trends - notably humanistic Buddhism in Taiwan and the resurgence of Buddhism in post-Mao China. Each chapter ends with discussion questions and suggestions for further reading. A convenient glossary of common terms, titles, and names is included.

Understanding Yoga Therapy - Applied Philosophy and Science for Health and Well-Being (Paperback): Marlysa B. Sullivan, Laurie... Understanding Yoga Therapy - Applied Philosophy and Science for Health and Well-Being (Paperback)
Marlysa B. Sullivan, Laurie C. Hyland Robertson
R794 Discovery Miles 7 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Understanding Yoga Therapy offers a comprehensive and accessible perspective on yoga therapy as a complementary, integrative route to promoting whole-person well-being. Readers will come away from the book understanding how the philosophy, texts, and teachings of yoga benefit a wide range of health conditions. The book is split into three helpful sections: Part I discusses foundational texts and their interpretations; Part II outlines the biopsychosocial-spiritual and neurophysiological model of integrative health pertinent to yoga therapy; and Part III focuses on practical applications separate from the more familiar diagnosis-driven models. Experiential activities and case studies throughout the text illuminate how yogic practices can be incorporated for optimal health. Bridging the ancient and modern, philosophical and scientific, Understanding Yoga Therapy offers a clear explanatory framework for yoga therapists, physicians, allied and complementary healthcare providers, and their patients and students.

Before Confucius - Studies in the Creation of the Chinese Classics (Paperback): Edward L Shaughnessy Before Confucius - Studies in the Creation of the Chinese Classics (Paperback)
Edward L Shaughnessy
R714 Discovery Miles 7 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Examines the original composition of China's oldest books, the Classic of Changes, the Venerated Documents, and the Classic of Poetry, and attempts to restore their original meanings.

Edward L. Shaughnessy examines the original composition of China's oldest books, the Classic of Changes, the Venerated Documents, and the Classic of Poetry. By describing the original contexts in which these books were written and what they meant to their original authors and readers, this book sheds light on both the degree to which Chinese culture already was literate by 1000 BC, and also on how the later classical tradition eventually diverged from these origins.

"What I like most is the wealth of detail and the meticulous attention to primary evidence, combined with an overall appreciation of the broader cultural and historical context of the problems that have defied solution for centuries and with which the author deals.

"The book is filled with original lines of inquiry and original conclusions; the articles are of uncommon interest and intellectual challenge". -- John Knoblock, University of Miami

"Shaughnessy really has produced an outstanding work which will provide a service, find a substantial audience, and broaden awareness of his splendid contributions. He has played a pioneering role in opening up Western Zhou cultural history to the field". -- Robert Eno, Indiana University

Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity - Essays and Lectures in Modern Jewish Thought (Paperback, New): Leo Strauss Jewish Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity - Essays and Lectures in Modern Jewish Thought (Paperback, New)
Leo Strauss; Edited by Kenneth Hart Green; Introduction by Kenneth Hart Green
R773 Discovery Miles 7 730 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the first book to bring together the major essays and lectures of Leo Strauss in the field of modern Jewish thought. It contains some of his most famous published writings, as well as significant writings which were previously unpublished.

Avicenna's Al-Shifa' - Oriental Philosophy (Paperback): Sari Nusseibeh Avicenna's Al-Shifa' - Oriental Philosophy (Paperback)
Sari Nusseibeh
R967 Discovery Miles 9 670 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book deals with the philosophy of Ibn Sina - Avicenna as he was known in the Latin West- a Persian Muslim who lived in the eleventh century, considered one of the most important figures in the history of philosophy. Although much has been written about Avicenna, and especially about his major philosophical work, Al-Shifa, this book presents the rationalist Avicenna in an entirely new light, showing him to have presented a theory where our claims of knowledge about the world are in effect just that, claims, and must therefore be underwritten by our faith in God. His project enlists arguments in psychology as well as in language and logic. In a sense, the ceiling he puts on the reach of reason can be compared with later rationalists in the Western tradition, from Descartes to Kant -though, unlike Descartes, he does not deem it necessary to reconstruct his theory of knowledge via a proof of the existence of God. Indeed, Avicenna's theory presents the concept of God as being necessarily presupposed by our theory of knowledge, and God as the Necessary Being who is presupposed by an existing world where nothing of itself is what it is by an intrinsic nature, and must therefore be as it is due to an external cause. The detailed and original analysis of Avicenna's work here is presented as what he considered to be his own, or 'oriental' philosophy. Presenting an innovative interpretation of Avicenna's thought, this book will appeal to scholars working on classical Islamic philosophy, kalam and the History of Logic.

Believing in Ghosts and Spirits - The Concept of Gui in Ancient China (Hardcover): Hu Baozhu Believing in Ghosts and Spirits - The Concept of Gui in Ancient China (Hardcover)
Hu Baozhu
R2,972 Discovery Miles 29 720 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The present book by Hu Baozhu explores the subject of ghosts and spirits and attempts to map the religious landscape of ancient China. The main focus of attention is the character gui , an essential key to the understanding of spiritual beings. The author analyses the character gui in various materials - lexicons and dictionaries, excavated manuscripts and inscriptions, and received classical texts. Gui is examined from the perspective of its linguistic root, literary interpretation, ritual practices, sociopolitical implication, and cosmological thinking. In the gradual process of coming to know the otherworld in terms of ghosts and spirits, Chinese people in ancient times attempted to identify and classify these spiritual entities. In their philosophical thinking, they connected the subject of gui with the movement of the universe. Thus the belief in ghosts and spirits in ancient China appeared to be a moral standard for all, not only providing a room for individual religiosity but also implementing the purpose of family-oriented social order, the legitimization of political operations, and the understanding of the way of Heaven and Earth.

The Four Books - The Basic Teachings of the Later Confucian Tradition (Paperback): Daniel K Gardner The Four Books - The Basic Teachings of the Later Confucian Tradition (Paperback)
Daniel K Gardner
R350 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this engaging volume, Daniel Gardner explains the way in which the Four Books-- Great Learning , Analects , Mencius , and Maintaining Perfect Balance --have been read and understood by the Chinese since the twelfth century. Selected passages in translation are accompanied by Gardner's comments, which incorporate selections from the commentary and interpretation of the renowned Neo-Confucian thinker, Zhu Xi (1130-1200). This study provides an ideal introduction to the basic texts in the Confucian tradition from the twelfth through the twentieth centuries. It guides the reader through Zhu Xi's influential interpretation of the Four Books, showing how Zhu, through the genre of commentary, gave new coherence and meaning to these foundational texts. Since the Four Books with Zhu Xi's commentary served as the basic textbook for Chinese schooling and the civil service examinations for more than seven hundred years, this book illustrates as well the nature of the standard Chinese educational curriculum.

Essays on Skepticism, Relativism, and Ethics in the Zhuangzi (Paperback, New): Paul Kjellberg, Philip J. Ivanhoe Essays on Skepticism, Relativism, and Ethics in the Zhuangzi (Paperback, New)
Paul Kjellberg, Philip J. Ivanhoe
R713 Discovery Miles 7 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Indian Philosophy and Meditation - Perspectives on Consciousness (Paperback): Rahul Banerjee, Amita Chatterjee Indian Philosophy and Meditation - Perspectives on Consciousness (Paperback)
Rahul Banerjee, Amita Chatterjee
R957 Discovery Miles 9 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

India has a rich tradition of meditative practices designed to study the phenomenon of consciousness. From the distant past to the present, India has evolved a unique psychological culture with grand unifying themes and universal modes of meditative practice. This book provides a detailed analysis of classical and modern Indian views on consciousness along with their related meditative methods. It offers a critical analysis of three distinct trends of Indian thought, viz., a dualistic mode of understanding and realizing consciousness in Hindu Samkhya, an interactive mode in early Buddhist abhidhamma, and the evolutionary transformational mode in the teachings of the twentieth-century sage Sri Aurobindo. This book explores the unifying features in Indian first person practices with regard to consciousness and the importance of these applied psychological practices and their associated understanding of our conscious inner lives. The most striking feature of the work is that side by side theoretical exposition of consciousness, it includes a number of worksheets which explain how to use meditation to achieve relaxation as well as cognitive 'maps' of the different levels of conscious states and instruction and how one can traverse from one state to another. The final chapter explores Sri Aurobindo who introduced new and decisive Indian spiritual thought and practice to India in the form of Integral Yoga. This innovative book will be of interest to scholars studying Indian philosophy, Indian religion and the emerging field of contemplation studies.

Chinese Thought - From Confucius to Cook Ding (Paperback): Roel Sterckx Chinese Thought - From Confucius to Cook Ding (Paperback)
Roel Sterckx 1
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Shortlisted for the PEN Hessel-Tiltman Prize 'A terrific book, rich and endlessly thought provoking. . . If you are looking for one book to understand the core ideas of Chinese civilisation, read this' - Michael Wood An engrossing history of ancient Chinese philosophy and culture from an eminent Cambridge expert We are often told that the twenty-first century is bound to become China's century. Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday Western life. But how much do we really know about its origins and key beliefs? How did the ancient Chinese think about the world? In this enlightening book, Roel Sterckx, one of the foremost experts in Chinese thought, takes us through centuries of Chinese history, from Confucius to Daoism to the Legalists. The great questions that have occupied China's brightest minds were not about who and what we are, but rather how we should live our lives, how we should organise society and how we can secure the well-being of those who live with us and for whom we carry responsibility. With evocative examples from philosophy, literature and everyday life, Sterckx shows us how the ancient Chinese have shaped the thinking of a civilization that is now influencing our own.

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