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Asian Texts — Asian Contexts
Encounters with Asian Philosophies and Religions
Asian Texts — Asian Contexts
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David Jones - Editor
E. R. Klein - Editor
SUNY series in Asian Studies Development
Price: $68.50 
Hardcover - 295 pages
Release Date: March 2010
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2675-4

Price: $23.95 
Paperback - 295 pages
Release Date: March 2010
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2676-1


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An overview of some of the great texts of Asian philosophy and religion, along with an exploration of the contexts in which they arose.

In an increasingly global society, non-Western thought can no longer be an afterthought for educators and their students. Asian Texts — Asian Contexts helps bring Asian philosophy and religion into wider classroom consideration by giving nonspecialists entrée to primary texts from India, China, and Japan and pedagogical strategies for presenting this material to Western students.

The texts section includes material on Buddhism, Daoism, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Kyoto school of Japanese philosophy. In the contexts section, nonspecialists are presented with ways to think about the integration of Asian material that includes considerations of religion, philosophy, history, and art. These useful and accessible essays are written with the nonspecialist in mind, but provide a creative edge that will be of interest to specialists as well.

David Jones is Professor of Philosophy at Kennesaw State University and editor of Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects. E. R. Klein is an independent scholar. Her books include People First! Professional and Business Ethics without Ethics.

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Table of Contents

David Jones and Ellen Klein

Part I: Encountering Asian Philosophies and Religions

The Importance of Asian Philosophy in the Curriculum
John M. Koller

The Confucian Worldview: Uncommon Assumptions, Common Misconceptions
Roger T. Ames

Part II: Texts

On the Battlefield of Dharma: The Moral Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gītā
Vrinda Dalmiya

Vimalakīrti’s Triumphant Silence: Bridging Indian and East Asian Buddhism
Jeffrey Dippmann

The Things of This World Are Masks the Infinite Assumes: Inroducing Samkhya and Yoga Philosophy
Tom Pynn

Too Twisted to Fit a Carpenter’s Square: Using and Teaching the Daodejing
Ronnie Littlejohn

Performing the Meanings of Dao: A Possible Pedagogical Strategy for Teaching Chinese Philosophy
Robin R. Wang

Mengzi: Human Nature Is Good
Xinyan Jiang

The Dilemma of Dōgen
Brian Schroeder

The Absolute Contradictory What: On How to Read the Philosophy of Nishida Kitarō?
Gereon Kopf

“The bottom of my soul has such depth that neither joy nor the waves of sorrow can reach it”: An Introduction to the Kyoto School
Jason Wirth

Part III: Contexts

History as a Vehicle for the Universal
John A. Tucker

Asking the Right Questions
Francis Brassard

A Sketch of the Diamond Sutra’s Logic of Not
Shigenori Nagatomo

: The Paradox of Embodiment in Indian Art
Harriette D. Grissom

Philosophical Reflection and Visual Art in Traditional China
Stephen J. Goldberg

Teaching Chinese Philosophy from the Outside In
Mary I. Bockover

A Strategy for Integrating Confucius’s Analects into a Typical Introduction to Philosophy Course
James Peterman


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