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Books > Philosophy > Non-Western philosophy > Oriental & Indian philosophy

History of Islamic Philosophy (Hardcover): Oliver Leaman, Seyyed Hossein Nasr History of Islamic Philosophy (Hardcover)
Oliver Leaman, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
R3,089 Discovery Miles 30 890 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Islamic philosophy has often been treated as being largely of historical interest, belonging to the history of ideas rather than to philosophical study. This volume successfully overturns that view. Emphasizing the living nature and rich diversity of the subject, it examines the main thinkers and schools of thought, discusses the key concepts of Islamic philosophy and covers a vast geographical area. This indispensable reference tool includes a comprehensive bibliography and an extensive index.

Avicenna - His Life and Works (Hardcover): Soheil M Afnan Avicenna - His Life and Works (Hardcover)
Soheil M Afnan
R2,858 Discovery Miles 28 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book, first published in 1958, examines the life and works of Avicenna, one of the most provocative figures in the history of thought in the East. It shows him in the right historical perspective, as the product of the impact of Greek thought on Islamic teachings against the background of the Persian Renaissance in the tenth century. His attitude can be of guidance to those in the East who are meeting the challenge of Western civilization; and to those in the West who have yet to find a basis on which to harmonize scientific with spiritual values.

Gandhi's Footprints (Hardcover): Predrag Cicovacki Gandhi's Footprints (Hardcover)
Predrag Cicovacki
R2,961 Discovery Miles 29 610 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Mahatma K. Gandhi's dedication to finding a path of liberation from an epidemic of violence has been well documented before. The central issue and the novelty of this book is its focus on what Gandhi wanted to liberate us for. The book also provides an assessment of how viable his positive vision of humanity is. Gandhi revolutionized the struggle for Indian liberation from Great Britain by convincing his countrymen that they must turn to nonviolence and that India needed to be liberated from its social ills-poverty, unemployment, opium addiction, institution of child marriage, inequality of women, and Hindu-Muslim frictions-even more than it needed political freedom. Although Gandhi's legacy has not been forgotten, it has often been distorted. He is called "Mahatma" and venerated as a saint, but not followed and often misinterpreted. Predrag Cicovacki attempts to de-mythologize Gandhi and take a closer look at his thoughts, aims, and struggles. He invites us to look at the footprints Gandhi left for us, and follow them as carefully and critically as possible. Cicovacki concludes that Gandhi's spiritual vision of humanity and the importance of adherence to truth (satyagraha)are his lasting legacy.

Confucian Thought - Selfhood as Creative Transformation (Paperback): Tu Weiming Confucian Thought - Selfhood as Creative Transformation (Paperback)
Tu Weiming
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Gandhi's Footprints (Paperback): Predrag Cicovacki Gandhi's Footprints (Paperback)
Predrag Cicovacki
R1,026 Discovery Miles 10 260 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Mahatma K. Gandhi's dedication to finding a path of liberation from an epidemic of violence has been well documented before. The central issue and the novelty of this book is its focus on what Gandhi wanted to liberate us for. The book also provides an assessment of how viable his positive vision of humanity is. Gandhi revolutionized the struggle for Indian liberation from Great Britain by convincing his countrymen that they must turn to nonviolence and that India needed to be liberated from its social ills-poverty, unemployment, opium addiction, institution of child marriage, inequality of women, and Hindu-Muslim frictions-even more than it needed political freedom. Although Gandhi's legacy has not been forgotten, it has often been distorted. He is called "Mahatma" and venerated as a saint, but not followed and often misinterpreted. Predrag Cicovacki attempts to de-mythologize Gandhi and take a closer look at his thoughts, aims, and struggles. He invites us to look at the footprints Gandhi left for us, and follow them as carefully and critically as possible. Cicovacki concludes that Gandhi's spiritual vision of humanity and the importance of adherence to truth (satyagraha)are his lasting legacy.

The Yogasutra of Patanjali - A New Introduction to the Buddhist Roots of the Yoga System (Paperback): Pradeep P Gokhale The Yogasutra of Patanjali - A New Introduction to the Buddhist Roots of the Yoga System (Paperback)
Pradeep P Gokhale
R967 Discovery Miles 9 670 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book offers a systematic and radical introduction to the Buddhist roots of Patanjala-yoga, or the Yoga system of Patanjali. By examining each of 195 aphorisms (sutras) of the Yogasutra and discussing the Yogabhasya, it shows that traditional and popular views on Patanjala-yoga obscure its true nature. The book argues that Patanjali's Yoga contains elements rooted in both orthodox and heterodox philosophical traditions, including Sankhya, Jaina and Buddhist thought. With a fresh translation and a detailed commentary on the Yogasutra, the author unearths how several of the terms, concepts and doctrines in Patanjali's Yoga can be traced to Buddhism, particularly the Abhidharma Buddhism of Vasubandhu and the early Yogacara of Asanga. The work presents the Yogasutra of Patanjali as a synthesis of two perspectives: the metaphysical perspective of Sankhya and the empirical-psychological perspective of Buddhism. Based on a holistic understanding of Yoga, the study explores key themes of the text, such as meditative absorption, means, supernormal powers, isolation, Buddhist conceptions of meditation and the interplay between Sankhya and Buddhist approaches to suffering and emancipation. It further highlights several new findings and clarifications on textual interpretation and discrepancies. An important intervention in Indian and Buddhist philosophy, this book opens up a new way of looking at the Yoga of Patanjali in the light of Buddhism beyond standard approaches and will greatly interest scholars and researchers of Buddhist studies, Yoga studies, Indian philosophy, philosophy in general, literature, religion and comparative studies, Indian and South Asian Studies and the history of ideas.

Zen Conversations - The Scope of Zen Teaching and Practice in North America (Paperback): Richard Bryan McDaniel Zen Conversations - The Scope of Zen Teaching and Practice in North America (Paperback)
Richard Bryan McDaniel
R544 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R81 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Shen Gua's Empiricism (Hardcover): Ya Zuo Shen Gua's Empiricism (Hardcover)
Ya Zuo
R980 Discovery Miles 9 800 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Shen Gua (1031 1095) is a household name in China, known as a distinguished renaissance man and the author of Brush Talks from Dream Brook, an old text whose remarkable "scientific" discoveries make it appear curiously ahead of its time. In this first book-length study of Shen in English, Ya Zuo reveals the connection between Shen's life as an active statesman and his ideas, specifically the empirical stance manifested through his wide-ranging inquiries. She places Shen on the broad horizon of premodern Chinese thought, and presents his empiricism within an extensive narrative of Chinese epistemology. Relying on Shen as a searchlight, Zuo focuses in on how an individual thinker summoned conditions and concepts from the vast Chinese intellectual tradition to build a singular way of knowing. Moreover, her study of Shen provides insights into the complex dynamics in play at the dawn of the age of Neo-Confucianism and compels readers to achieve a deeper appreciation of the diversity in Chinese thinking.

The Four Seals of the Dharma (Paperback): Lama Khenpo Karma Ngedoen The Four Seals of the Dharma (Paperback)
Lama Khenpo Karma Ngedoen; Translated by Jourdie Ross
R297 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R52 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Upon completing the path that led him to fully develop compassion and wisdom, Shakyamuni arrived at enlightenment, the state of Buddhahood that marks the end of suffering. Replying to the requests made of him, he transmitted three cycles of teachings to explain the path he had taken and the methods he used. Traditionally, Buddhism counts 84,000 teachings, and the four seals of the Dharma contain the essence of all these. Like a royal seal that historically proved authenticity and authority, the four seals give a true description of our current situation and that to which we can progress: All phenomena are impermanent by nature. All contaminated phenomena are suffering by nature. All phenomena are empty and devoid of inherent existence. Nirvana is a state of absolute peace. The first two seals allow us to understand the characteristics of our condition and the last two, the qualities of liberation. In this way, the teaching shows the Buddha's path and the Buddhist perspective. Today, Buddhism is no longer an exotic movement but a methodology that has taken root and is practiced in the West. Nevertheless, do we really know what it means to be Buddhist? Using the introspective process of investigation that is precious to this tradition, Lama Khenpo Ngedoen directly involves the reader in this discovery by asking simple, to-the-point questions and then bringing together the elements of an answer connected with these four statements.

Healing at Home (Paperback): Nibodhi Haas Healing at Home (Paperback)
Nibodhi Haas; Contributions by Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India (Hardcover): Sachidananda Mohanty Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India (Hardcover)
Sachidananda Mohanty
R3,085 Discovery Miles 30 850 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. The volume will interest scholars and students of modern Indian history, comparative literature, cultural studies, Indian philosophy, and South Asian studies and the general reader.

Philosophy and the Martial Arts - Engagement (Hardcover): Graham Priest, Damon Young Philosophy and the Martial Arts - Engagement (Hardcover)
Graham Priest, Damon Young
R3,459 Discovery Miles 34 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the first substantial academic book to lay out the philosophical terrain within the study of the martial arts and to explore the significance of this fascinating subject for contemporary philosophy.

The book is divided into three sections. The first section concerns what philosophical reflection can teach us about the martial arts, and especially the nature and value of its practice. The second section deals with the other direction of the dialectical interplay between philosophy and the martial arts: how the martial arts can inform philosophical issues important in their own right. Finally, because many of the notable martial arts are of Asian origin, there are particularly close links between the arts and Asian philosophies and Buddhism in particular and therefore the last section is devoted to this topic.

The essays in this collection deal with a wide range of philosophical issues: normative ethics, meta-ethics, aesthetics, phenomenology, the philosophy of mind, Ancient Greek and Buddhist thought. By demonstrating the very real nature of the engagement between the martial arts and philosophy, this book is essential reading for any serious student or scholar with an interest in the martial arts, Eastern philosophy, the philosophy of sport, or the study of physical culture."

Pramana - Dharmakirti & the Indian Philosophical Debate (Hardcover, First Edition,): Doboom Tulku Pramana - Dharmakirti & the Indian Philosophical Debate (Hardcover, First Edition,)
Doboom Tulku
R869 R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Save R138 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Indian philosophical thought on Pramana (Valid Cognition) is a rich achieve that merits attention not only for its technical brilliance and variety but also for the ways in which it reverberates with contemporary discussions in science: arguably the master discourse of the modern world. In a spirit of free and open enquiry, characteristic of His Holiness the Dalai Lamas preferred mode of engaging with the world, Tibet House collaborated with the Drepung Monastic University at Mundgod, Karnataka to organize a Monastic Debate that was both traditional and contemporary. Tibetan Buddhism has a long tradition of Monastic Debates. This Debate was special in that it grew upon the pre-Buddhist traditions of thought on this critical question on Logic while also incorporating a perspective that leapt across the centuries: that of contemporary Physics. While the different schools such as Vedanta, Sankhya, Nyayavaisesika, Purvamimamsa, and Jaina were represented by scholars from academia, there was a lively interaction with monks being trained in traditional Tibetan philosophy at monasteries across India. The seminar was multilingual with presentations and queries in Tibetan, Hindi, Sanskrit and English. While this book presents lightly edited versions of the key papers presented there, the lively debates in Tibetan could not be transcribed due to logistical difficulties. Hence, this bi-lingual volume, attempts to make available to the scholarly community and curious students a valuable resource for understanding this crucial issue in Logic from a rich, multifaceted, comparatist perspective.

The Routledge History of Chinese Philosophy (Paperback): Bo Mou The Routledge History of Chinese Philosophy (Paperback)
Bo Mou
R1,248 Discovery Miles 12 480 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The History of Chinese Philosophy is a comprehensive and authoritative examination of the movements and thinkers that have shaped Chinese philosophy over the last three thousand years. An outstanding team of international contributors provide seventeen accessible entries organised into five clear parts:

Identity of Chinese Philosophy

Classical Chinese Philosophy (I): Pre-Han Period

Classical Chinese Philosophy (II): From Han Through Tang

Classical Chinese Philosophy (III): From Song Through Early Qing

Modern Chinese Philosophy: From Late Qing Through 21st Century

This outstanding collection is essential reading for students of Chinese philosophy, and will be of interest to those seeking to explore the lasting significance this rich and complex philosophical tradition.

Buddhist Moral Philosophy - An Introduction (Hardcover): Christopher W. Gowans Buddhist Moral Philosophy - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Christopher W. Gowans
R3,224 Discovery Miles 32 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The first book of its kind, Buddhist Moral Philosophy: An Introduction introduces the reader to contemporary philosophical interpretations and analyses of Buddhist ethics. It begins with a survey of traditional Buddhist ethical thought and practice, mainly in the Pali Canon and early Mah y na schools, and an account of the emergence of Buddhist moral philosophy as a distinct discipline in the modern world. It then examines recent debates about karma, rebirth and nirvana, well-being, normative ethics, moral objectivity, moral psychology, and the issue of freedom, responsibility and determinism. The book also introduces the reader to philosophical discussions of topics in socially engaged Buddhism such as human rights, war and peace, and environmental ethics."

Dharma - The Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh Traditions of India (Paperback): Veena R. Howard Dharma - The Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh Traditions of India (Paperback)
Veena R. Howard
R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Dharma is central to all the major religious traditions which originated on the Indian subcontinent. Such is its importance that these traditions cannot adequately be understood apart from it. Often translated as "ethics," "religion," "law," or "social order," dharma possesses elements of each of these but is not confined to any single category familiar to Western thought. Neither is it the straightforward equivalent of what many in the West might usually consider to be "a philosophy". This much-needed analysis of the history and heritage of dharma shows that it is instead a multi-faceted religious force, or paradigm, that has defined and that continues to shape the different cultures and civilizations of South Asia in a whole multitude of forms, organizing many aspects of life. Experts in the fields of Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh studies here bring fresh insights to dharma in terms both of its distinctiveness and its commonality as these are expressed across, and between, the several religions of the subcontinent. Exploring ethics, practice, history and social and gender issues, the contributors engage critically with some prevalent and often problematic interpretations of dharma, and point to new ways of appreciating these traditions in a manner that is appropriate to and thoroughly consistent with their varied internal debates, practices and self-representations.

Falling Into The Light (Paperback): M J Wiley Falling Into The Light (Paperback)
M J Wiley
R337 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality - Global Perspectives (Paperback): Debjani Ganguly, John Docker Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality - Global Perspectives (Paperback)
Debjani Ganguly, John Docker
R1,012 Discovery Miles 10 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book presents a rethinking of the world legacy of Mahatma Gandhi in this era of unspeakable global violence. Through interdisciplinary research, key Gandhian concepts are revisited by tracing their genealogies in multiple histories of world contact and by foregrounding their relevance to contemporary struggles to regain the humane in the midst of global conflict. The relevance of Gandhian notions of ahimsa and satyagraha is assessed in the context of contemporary events, when religious fundamentalisms of various kinds are competing with the arrogance and unilateralism of imperial capital to reduce the world to a state of international lawlessness.

Covering a wide and comprehensive range of topics such as Gandhi s vegetarianism and medical practice, his successes and failures as a litigator in South Africa, his experiments with communal living and his concepts of non-violence and satyagraha. The book combines historical, philosophical, and textual readings of different aspects of the leader s life and works.

Rethinking Gandhi in a New World Order will be of interest to students and academics interested in peace and conflict studies, South Asian history, world history, postcolonial studies, and studies on Gandhi."

The Philosophy of Japanese Wartime Resistance - A reading, with commentary, of the complete texts of the Kyoto School... The Philosophy of Japanese Wartime Resistance - A reading, with commentary, of the complete texts of the Kyoto School discussions of "The Standpoint of World History and Japan" (Hardcover)
David Williams
R3,718 Discovery Miles 37 180 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The transcripts of the three Kyoto School roundtable discussions of the theme of the standpoint of world history and Japan may now be judged to form the key source text of responsible Pacific War revisionism. Published in the pages of "Chuo Koron," the influential magazine of enlightened elite Japanese opinion during the twelve months after Pearl Harbor, these subversive discussions involved four of the finest minds of the second generation of the Kyoto School of philosophy. Tainted by controversy and shrouded in conspiratorial mystery, these transcripts were never republished in Japan after the war, and they have never been translated into English except in selective and often highly biased form.

David Williams has now produced the first objective, balanced and close interpretative reading of these three discussions in their entirety since 1943. This version of the wartime Kyoto School transcripts is neither a translation nor a paraphrase but a fuller rendering in reader-friendly English that is convincingly faithful to the spirit of the original texts. The result is a masterpiece of interpretation and inter-cultural understanding between the Confucian East and the liberal West. Seventy years after Tojo came to power, these documents of the Japanese resistance to his wartime government and policies exercise a unique claim on students of Japanese history and thought today because of their unrivalled revelatory potential within the vast literature on the Pacific War. The Philosophy of Japanese Wartime Resistance may therefore stand as the most trenchant analysis of the political, philosophic and legal foundations of the place of the Pacific War in modern Japanese history yet to appear in any language. "

El Arte de la Guerra (English, Spanish, Paperback): Sun Tzu El Arte de la Guerra (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Sun Tzu
R167 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R10 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Way of the Samurai (Paperback): Inazo Nitobe The Way of the Samurai (Paperback)
Inazo Nitobe
R177 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R34 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
New Confucianism in Twenty-First Century China - The Construction of a Discourse (Hardcover, New): Jesus Sole-Farras New Confucianism in Twenty-First Century China - The Construction of a Discourse (Hardcover, New)
Jesus Sole-Farras
R3,103 Discovery Miles 31 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book explores how Confucian thought, which was the ideological underpinning of traditional, imperial China, is being developed and refined into a New Confucianism relevant for the twenty-first century. It traces the development of Confucian thought, examines significant new texts, and shows how New Confucianism relates to various spheres of life, how it informs views on key philosophical issues, and how it affects personal conduct. Starting by exploring the philosophical and ideological principles of New Confucianism, the book goes on to explain how New Confucianism is a collective process of continuous creation and recreation, an incessant and evolving discourse. It argues that New Confucianism, unlike its earlier manifestation, is more accommodating of a plurality of ideologies in the world; and that understanding Confucianism and how it is developing is essential for understanding contemporary China.

What Are You Doing With Your Life? (Paperback): J. Krishnamurti What Are You Doing With Your Life? (Paperback)
J. Krishnamurti 1
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'One of the greatest thinkers of the age' The Dalai Lama 'One of the five saints of the 20th century' - TIME magazine 'Krishnamurti influenced me profoundly' - Deepak Chopra Who are you? What are you? What do you want from life? One of the world's great philosophical teachers, Krishnamurti, offers his inspiring wisdom on many of life's hurdles from relationships and love, to anxiety and loneliness. He answers such questions as 'What is the significance of life?' and 'How do I live life to the full?' to reveal the best way of being true to yourself. Read by millions from all walks of life, Krishnamurti shows us there is no path, no higher authority, no guru to follow, and that ultimately it is our own responsibility as to how we live our lives.

The Ordinances of Manu - Translated from the Sanskrit (Paperback): Arthur Coke Burnell The Ordinances of Manu - Translated from the Sanskrit (Paperback)
Arthur Coke Burnell
R1,027 Discovery Miles 10 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Hindu Philosophy - Bhagavad Gita or, The Sacred Lay (Paperback): John Davies Hindu Philosophy - Bhagavad Gita or, The Sacred Lay (Paperback)
John Davies
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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