Encyclopedia of Asian philosophy /
edited by Oliver Leaman.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
xxvii, 669 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
Leaman's encyclopedia features brief to medium-length entries written by an international team of scholars about persons and concepts associated with Near Eastern and Asian philosophical traditions. Entries are signed and have brief bibliographies. The work includes a bibliography for further reading, a list of entries by theme, and name and subject indexes. Entries are more concise than those in Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy, ed. by Brian Carr and Indira Mahalingam (1997), which features longer articles providing overviews of historical periods and biographies of a few key figures. Since Leaman apparently attempts to avoid overlap with Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. by Edward Craig (10v., 1998), entries for individuals in Craig may not appear in Leaman. For example, "Karaism" and "Kautilya" appear only in Craig, while "Kang Yuwei" appears only in Leaman. Cross-references are not always provided for variant transliterations of names, which may be confusing to novices. Recommended as a handy companion to Craig. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. R. Withers Miami University
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'With its concise, simple explanations and useful references, this excellent tool will find an audience in both public and academic libraries.'-Gale Reference Reviews
'A valuable resource for readers interested in both Western and Asian philosophy, Asian religions and Asian culture and civilization ... Recommended for academic and large public libraries.' - Booklist/RBB 'With its concise, simple explanations and useful references, this excellent tool will find an audience in both public and academic libraries.' - Gale Reference Reviews
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Main Description
From Abhidharma to Zurvan, this important new resource identifies and defines the principal concepts and individuals in Asian philosophy throughout the world. The comprehensive geographic coverage encompasses China, Japan, India, the Middle East, the United States and Australasia, with an emphasis on contemporary developments and movements. Featuring 650 signed A-Z entries, theEncyclopediaemphasises the present-day vitality of Asian philosophy, and provides extensive coverage of trends such as the reciprocal exchange of theories between East and West, and new schools of thought such as orientalism. Entries include:* Confucius and Confucianism * karma * shamanism * no-self * Madhyamaka School of Buddhism * hungry ghosts * orientalism * Ramanuja * simplicity * Yi Yulgok * Wantokism * Chuang-tzu/Zhuangzi * tantra * harmony* Sufism * Yin-Yang * Mulla Sadra * Zen *and much more. Cross-references; bibliographies and annotated suggestions for further reading; variants providedfor all foreign terms (e.g. Pali/Sanskrit, Arabic/Persian).
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This encyclopedia provides a guide to the main concepts and thinkers in Asian philosophy - starting with Abhidharma and ending with Zurvan. The main philosophical trends and thinkers in each geographical area are covered.
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Incorporating cultural and religious contexts, this unique Encyclopedia provides a vital guide to the main concepts and thinkers in Asian philosophy - starting with Abhidharma and ending with Zurvan. The main philosophical trends and thinkers in each geographical area are featured, with an emphasis on endtemporary developments and movements. The A-Z structured encyclopedia emphasizes that Asian philosophy is not merely an ancient form of thought but that it is a living philosophy, with roots in the past, and also a potent and animate presence today. This translates into the reciprocal exchange of theories between Eastern and Western thinking, for example of new schools of thought such as orientalism. Requiring no prior knowledge of philosophy, religion or Asian cultures, this book is essential reading for students, teachers and the interested individual who wishes to gain an understanding of the philosophical basis to Asian cultural systems.
Table of Contents
Australasia Australian Philosophy New Zealand Philosophy China Abortion, infanticide and murder in Chinese philosophy Accident Action and knowledge in Chinese philosophy Acts of Omission Aesthetics
Chinese: beauty Aesthetics
Chinese: landscape art Aesthetics
Chinese: mountains and waters Afterlife
Chinese: hell Afterlife
Chinese: hungry ghosts Afterlife
Chinese: hunpo Afterlife
Chinese: immortals Afterlife
Chinese: inferno Afterlife
Chinese: kuishen Afterlife
Chinese: purgatory Afterlife
Chinese: wandering ghosts Afterlife in Chinese thought Agrarianism Animals Athetism, modern
Chinese Atomism and occasionalism Awakening of faith in Mahayana Baizhang
Barbarians Beidu Beyond the square Bodhidharma Bodies, problems with Body
Body, shadow, and soul Body and soul in pre-Buddhist
China Buddhism, late Ming Buddhism in China, origins and development Buddhist
Chinese hermeneutics Buddhist scholasticism
Buddhist thought, late Qing Causality, theory of Chaos Character
Character, left and right Characterology and the occult Chastity Child China
Middle Kingdom Chinese philosophy
Chinese philosophy, pre-modern and Marxist Chiyou
Christianity in China Chunqiu and Lushi Cunqiu
Civil religion Classics and books
Common sense Comparative philosophy
Chinese Confession Confucian spirituality
Confucius and Confucianism Conscience Correlative thinking
Correlative thinking: macrocosm, microcosm
Cosmology: creation Cosmology: the flood
Cosmology: myths of sun, moon and star Courage
Courage: the immovable mind in Mencius Creation and redemption
Nestorian Cynicism in Late Dynastic China Dai Zhen Dao
Dao as nameless Daodejing Daosheng Deference Diagram of the Great Ultimate Divination
Dong Zhongshu Dragon Dream and illusion Dream of the Red Chambers
Education in China, Philosophy
Enlightenment experience and religious biography Enlightenment, sudden Ether
European Enlightenment and China Expediency Face Faith
Faith and Buddhism Fan Zhen Fatalism in Chinese philosophy Filial piety
Five Elements Folk Chan Forgiveness and grace Four Germs Four Noble Truths Free will Freedom Friendship Frugality
Funerals Gaozi Geomancy Gnostic ism Great
Learning Guan Yu Guan Zhong Han Fei Han
Learning Han Yu Haofang Harmony Harmony in the roud Heaven
Heaven, former and later Historiography History
Chinese theories of History, concept of History, sense of Hong Xiughan Huainanzi Huineng
Human feelings, Confucian Humaneness Hypocrisy Iconoclasts Idealism
Chinese Idols and anti-idolatry Imagination and creativity
Immortality in Chinese philosophy Inner
Classic of the Yellow Emperor Inner peace Jia Yi Jizang Kang yuwie Karma
Chinese Keyi Buddhism Koan Language
Chinese Philosophy of Lateral and Longitudinal Alliance
School of Law, natural Legalism Li Ao Li as morality Li as principle Liang Fa Liang Qichao Liang Souji Liberalism in China Life and death
Chinese philosophy of Logic in Chinese philosophy: Buddhist logic Logic in Chinese philosophy: compound thinking
Logic in Chinese philosophy: paradox Logic in Chinese philosophy: `separating hard and white' Logic in Chinese philosophy: a white horse is not a horse Love in Chinese philosophy
Luo Qing Magic squares Mahayana: the Sinitic Schools Mao Zedong
Materialism Mazu Daoyi
Meaning Meditation Mencius Mencius's mother Mohism
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