But Not Philosophy: Seven Introductions to Non-Western by George Anastaplo,Van John Doren

By George Anastaplo,Van John Doren

George Anastaplo has written brilliantly and persuasively approximately historic and smooth Western political philosophy and literature and approximately American Constitutional heritage and legislation. together with his most modern ebook Anastaplo turns clear of his components of admitted services to provide, in his personal phrases, 'the explorations of a decided beginner with a few perform in reading.' The essays contained during this quantity have been initially conceived as a collection of seminars, each one culminating in a public lecture, which in flip shaped the root for contributions to Encyclopedia Brittanica's 1961-1998 sequence the nice rules at the present time. amassed during this one quantity, yet now not Philosophy presents valuable and thought-provoking introductions to seven significant 'schools' of non-Western idea: Mesopotamian, historical African, Hindu, Confucian, Buddhist, Islamic, and North American Indian. Anastaplo experiences historic literary epics and felony codes and examines non secular traditions and structures of idea, delivering targeted references to authoritative histories and commentators. Movingly and thoughtfully written, the essays inspire readers to convey their very own Western traditions less than comparable scrutiny, to review our personal snatch of the divine, reliance upon nature and causality, and dependence on philosophy-to find out about what we're from what we're not.

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