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Companion encyclopedia of Asian philosophy
Carr, Brian, 1946-
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.

Physical Description:
xxiii, 1136 pages ; 25 cm
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Originally published in 1997.
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The Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy is a unique one-volume reference work which makes a broad range of richly varied philosophical, ethical and theological traditions accessible to a wide audience.
The Companion is divided into six sections covering the main traditions within Asian thought: Persian; Indian; Buddhist; Chinese; Japanese; and Islamic philosophy. Each section contains a collection of chapters which provide comprehensive coverage of the origins of the tradition, its approaches to, for example, logic and languages, and to questions of morals and society. The chapters also contain useful histories of the lives of the key influential thinkers, as well as a thorough analysis of the current trends.

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Choice Review

This massive reference work is perhaps the best one-volume companion to the study of Asian philosophies. Among the eminent contributors are Karl Potter, Karel Werner, Ninian Smart, Chr. Lindtner, Donald Lopez, Hajime Nakamura, Ian Netton, and Lenn Goodman. Separate sections treat the Persian, Indian, Buddhist, Chinese, Japanese, and Islamic philosophical traditions. The editors and contributors employ these somewhat artificial distinctions flexibly, since, e.g., Buddhist philosophy must be treated in four sections. It is doubtful, however, that a volume of this sort warrants an entire section on "Persian Philosophy"--i.e., on Zoroastrianism. Each section contains chapters on the origin of the tradition, on central schools and figures (e.g., Sankhya, Shankara), and, lastly, on systematic areas--e.g., knowledge and reality, morals and politics. The editors wisely include a 40-page glossary sectioned by tradition and a useful 50-page combined name-subject index. One weakness is the uneven value of the bibliographies appended to each chapter. Few readers will need three pages of bibliography on contemporary Zoroastrian philosophy; many will wonder why one of the editors himself (Carr) inexcusably lists a mere ten items in his on Shankara, ignoring the extensive recent scholarship on this seminal figure. Undergraduate; graduate. J. Bussanich; University of New Mexico

Table of Contents

Part 1 Persian Philosophy Introduction
1 The Origins of Zoroastrian philosophy
2 Later Zoroastrian
3 Morals and society in Zoroastrian philosophy
4 Contemporary Zoroastrian philosophy
Part 2 Indian Philosophy Introduction
5 The origins of Indian philosophy
6 Non-orthodox Indian philosophies
7 NyÃóya-Vaiúeºika
8 SÃónkhya-Yoga
9 Purva MÃ"nÃómsÃó and VedÃónta
10 ÃaÃónkarÃócÃórya
11 Later VedÃónta
12 Logic and language in Indian philosophy
13 Knowledge and reality in Indian philosophy
14 Morals and society in Indian philosophy
15 Contemporary Indian philosophy
Part 3 Buddhist Philosophy Introduction
16 The Buddha
17 Buddhism in India
18 NÃógÃórjuna
19 Buddhism in Tibet
20 Buddhism in Sri Lanka and south-east Asia
21 Logic and language in Buddhism
22 Knowledge and reality in Buddhism
23 Morals and society in Buddhism
24 Contemporary Buddhist philosophy
Part 4 Chinese Philosophy Introduction
25 The origins of Chinese philosophy
26 Confucius and Confucianism
27 Daoism in Chinese philosophy
28 Buddhism in Chinese philosophy
29 Mao Zedong and 'Chinese Marxism'
30 logic and language in Chinese philosophy
31 Knowledge and reality in Chinese philosophy
32 Morals and society in Chinese philosophy
33 Contemporary Chinese philosophy
Part 5 Japanese Philosophy Introduction
34 The origins of Japanese philosophy
35 Confucuanism in Japan
36 Buddhism in Japan
37 Morals and society in Japanese philosophy
38 Contemporary Japanese philosophy
Part 6 Islamic Philosophy Introduction
39 The origins of Islamic philosophy
40 Al-FÃórÃóbÃ"
41 Avicenna
42 Islamic philosophy in south and south-east Asia
45 Logic and language in Islamic philosophy
46 Knowledge and reality in Islamic philosophy
47 Morals and society in Islamic philosophy
48 Contemporary philosophy