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One thousand years of philosophy : from Rāmānuja to Wittgenstein
Harré, Rom.
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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
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xix, 362 pages ; 24 cm
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Uniquely comparative and sweeping in scope, One Thousand Years of Philosophy covers the history of Western thought alongside the Vedic philosophies of India, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, as well as Islamic and Jewish contributions to philosophy.

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Rom Harre became a Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford in 1962. Since 1978 he has held part-time positions at Binghamton, Georgetown and American University specializing in philosophy of science and linguistic aspects of psychology. His publications include The Discursive Mind (with G. Gillette, 1994), Varieties of Realism (with M. Krausz, 1995), and The Singular Self (1998). He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Helsinki, Brussels, Aarhus, and Lima.

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Harre (fellow, Linacre College, Oxford; formerly, SUNY Binghamton) has published The Discursive Mind with G. Gillette (CH, Nov'94), Varieties of Realism with M. Krausz (CH, Sep'99), and The Singular Self (1998). Unlike Ben-Ami Scharfstein, who in Philosophy East/Philosophy West (CH, Jun'79) attempts to give evidence that philosophy exists outside the Western tradition, Harre accepts the task of showing philosophy as a critical examination of presuppositions immanent in culturally important doctrines, ideas, and practices; he indicates how philosophical opinions have been reached and disputed since the turn of the first millennium in India, China, the Islamic world, and the European West. Harre is selective in the topics chosen for discussion; he confines himself to the main lines of thought and the highlights of long-running debates. He engages readers with a clear style, periodic conclusions, and predictions of dominant philosophical themes in the future. The book aptly describes the transition from a world dominated by religion to one dominated by science. Helpful aids include an events time line, historical chart, notes, bibliography, and index. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers. D. A. Haney Marywood University

Table of Contents

Events Timeline
Historical Chart
Introduction: The Scope of Philosophy
1 What is Philosophy?
Part I Philosophy in the East
2 India: The Traditions
3 Indian Philosophy in the Second Millennium
4 China: Ancient Sources
5 Chinese and Japanese Philosophy in the Second Millennium
Part II Philosophy In The West: Medieval Philosophy
6 Islamic Philosophy
7 Philosophy in Medieval Europe
Part III Philosophy In The West: Modern Philosophy One: Mind And Cosmos
8 The World Shapes The Mind: Realism and Positivism
9 Mind and Cosmos: Rationalism and Conventionalism
10 The Unity of Mind and World: Idealism, Phenomenalism and Phenomenology
Part IV Philosophy in the West: Modern Philosophy Two; Persons and Their Relations
11 Human Nature
12 Relations Among Persons I: Moral Philosophy
13 Relations Among Persons II: Political Philosophy