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How the world thinks : a global history of philosophy

Baggini, Julian2018
"One of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. These early philosophies have had a profound impact on the development of distinctive cultures in different parts of the world. What we call 'philosophy' in the West is not even half the story. Julian Baggini sets out to expand our horizons in How the World Thinks, exploring the philosophies of Japan, India, China and the Muslim world, as well as the lesser-known oral traditions of Africa and Australia's first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from around the globe, Baggini asks questions such as: why is the West is more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe? And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom? Offering deep insights into how different regions operate, and paying as much attention to commonalities as to differences, Baggini shows that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think we take the first step to a greater understanding of ourselves."--
London : Granta Publications, 2018.
xxxiii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Pt. One How the World Knows -- 1.Insight -- 2.The ineffable -- 3.Theology or philosophy? -- 4.Logic -- 5.Secular reason -- 6.Pragmatism -- 7.Tradition -- 8.Conclusion -- pt. Two How the World Is -- 9.Time -- 10.Karma -- 11.Emptiness -- 12.Naturalism -- 13.Unity -- 14.Reductionism -- 15.Conclusion -- pt. Three Who in the World Are We? -- 16.No-self -- 17.The relational self -- 18.The atomised self -- 19.Conclusion -- pt. Four How the World Lives -- 20.Harmony -- 21.Virtue -- 22.Moral exemplars -- 23.Liberation -- 24.Transience -- 25.Impartiality -- 26.Conclusion -- pt. Five Concluding Thoughts -- 27.How the world thinks -- 28.A sense of place.
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LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Society and Beliefs109 BAGOnloan - Due: 11 Dec 2023
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