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Oriental Enlightenment

Oriental Enlightenment - 97 edition

Oriental Enlightenment - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780415133760

ISBN10: 0415133769

Oriental Enlightenment by J. J. Clarke - ISBN 9780415133760
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 1997
International: No
Oriental Enlightenment by J. J. Clarke - ISBN 9780415133760

ISBN13: 9780415133760

ISBN10: 0415133769

Edition: 97

Summary

The West has long had an ambivalent attitude toward the philosophical traditions of the East. Voltaire claimed that the East is the civilization ''to which the West owes everything'', yet C.S. Peirce was contemptuous of the ''monstrous mysticism of the East''. And despite the current trend toward globalizations, there is still a reluctance to take seriously the intellectual inheritance of South and East Asia. Oriental Enlightenmentchallenges this Eurocentric prejudice.J. J. Clarkeexamines the role played by the ideas of Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism in the intellectual life of the West and how these ideas, far more than exotic distractions, or even instruments of colonial domination, have been the means towards serious self-questioning and self-renewal, used to dispute and even to undermine Western orthodoxies.

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