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Classic World Philosophy

Books on Classic World Philosophy

Here are some more popular works of philosophy that fall outside of the Western European tradition.

The Analects
by Confucius

9780143106852Confucius; Annping Chin (Introduction by, Notes by, Translator)The AnalectsOne of the most influential books in human history, in a revelatory new translation The book that the Chinese have returned to repeatedly for reflection, renewal, and validation of their own views, The Analects was compiled by the disciples of Confucius, China's earliest teacher and moral thinker, from his remarks and his conversations with rulers, political operators, and people he happened to meet. This new translation features both the English and Chinese texts and draws on the most recent excavated manuscripts to illuminate the historical context of Confucius' teachings, explaining who the many local figures referenced are, and navigating a rich tradition of historical commentaries. The result is a map of Confucian thought that brings us as close as possible to experiencing Confucius as his followers might have 2,500 years ago.'An astonishingly lucid exposition of The Analects . A kind of serene insight pervades the commentaries.' Harold Bloom 'A fresh and sympathetic translation with a wonderfully readable annotation. It is a joy to use and will unlock a whole new level of meaning for English-language readers.' Orville Schell 'Highly readable and judiciously annotated.' Henry A. Kissinger - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - PL2478 .L338 2014
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Tao te ching
by Laozi

9780679776192Lao Tzu; Jane English (Translator); Gia-Fu Feng (Translator)Tao Te Ching"No one has done better in conveying Lao Tsu's simple and laconic style of writing, so as to produce an English version almost as suggestive of the many meanings intended.  This is a most useful, as well as beautiful, volume--and what it has to say is exactly what the world, in its present state, needs to hear." - Alan Watts RELIGION/ EASTERN STUDIES     This translation of the Chinese classic, which was first published twenty-five years ago, has sold more copies than any of the others. It offers the essence of each word makes Lao Tsu's teaching immediate and alive.     The philosophy of Lao Tsu is simple: Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Study the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for to try to change what is only sets up resistance. Nature provides for all without discrimination--therefore let us present the same face to everyone and treat all men as equals, however they may be have.  If we watch carefully, we will see that work proceeds more quickly and easily if we stop looking for results.  In the clarity of a still and open mind, truth will be reflected.  We will come to appreciate the original meaning of the word "understand," which means "to stand under." We serve whatever or whoever stands before us, without any thought for ourselves. Te-- which may be translated as "virtue" or "strength"--lies always in Tao , or "natural law."  In other words: Simply be. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BL1900.L3 E5 1997
Tao te ching Book Cover




The inner chapters
by Zhuangzi

9781906787998Solala Towler (Translator); Chuang TzuThe Inner Chapters: The Classic Taoist Text - A New Translation of the Chuang Tzu with CommentaryThe writings of Chuang Tzu stand alongside the Tao Te Ching as foundational classics of Taoism. Dating back to the fourth century BC, The Inner Chapter is full of fantastical tales that both entertain and provide guidance on living a good life-a gigantic fish that becomes a bird, a cook who never sharpens his blade, a magical being who lives in the mountains, and more. And now this heirloom edition preserves all the puns, riddles, and even jokes alongside stunning photographs that capture the tranquility of Chinese thought. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BL1920 .Z58 2010
Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - BL1920 .Z58 2010
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An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy
by Leaman, Oliver

9780521793438Oliver LeamanAn Introduction to Classical Islamic PhilosophyIslamic philosophy is a unique and fascinating form of thought, and particular interest lies in its classical (Greek-influenced) period, when many of the ideas of Greek philosophy were used to explore the issues and theoretical problems which arise in trying to understand the Qur'an and Islamic practice. In this revised and expanded 2001 edition of his classic introductory work, Oliver Leaman examines the distinctive features of Classical Islamic philosophy and offers detailed accounts of major individual thinkers. In contrast to many previous studies that have treated this subject as only of historical interest, he offers analysis of the key arguments within Islamic philosophy so that the reader can engage with them and assess their strengths and weaknesses. His book will interest a wide range of readers in philosophy, religious studies and Islamic studies. - Description from Syndetics
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An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy Book Cover




Classical Hindu thought: an introduction
by Sharma, Arvind

9780195644418Arvind SharmaClassical Hindu Thought: An IntroductionHinduism is not only a religious belief, it is also a philosophy, based upon certain key concepts. Most of these originated, or were most fully articulated, during the "classical" period from the fourth to the tenth century BCE. In this concise and lucid book, Arvind Sharma introducescontemporary readers to the texts and ideas crystallized during this period and explains their contemporary relevance.The book is divided into sections, dealing with key concepts - such as karma, dharma, maya, moksa and varna - the main gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon - Devi, Siva, Brahma, Visnu - and texts such as the Purusarthas and Vedas. He also deals with different systems of yoga: Jnana-yoga,Bhakti-yoga and Karma-yoga.In one volume, the book offers readers an excellent grounding in the rich and diverse traditions of Hindu thought, and is an excellent introduction to the topic for anyone interested in Hinduism, yoga, Indian philosophy and religion. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BL1202 .S384 2000
Classical Hindu thought: an introduction Book Cover




The Dhammapada: a new translation of the Buddhist classic

9781590303801Jack Kornfield (Foreword by); Gil Fronsdal (Translator)The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with AnnotationsThe Dhammapada is the most widely read Buddhist scripture in existence, enjoyed by both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. This classic text of teaching verses from the earliest period of Buddhism in India conveys the philosophical and practical foundations of the Buddhist tradition. The text presents two distinct goals for leading a spiritual life: the first is attaining happiness in this life (or in future lives); the second goal is the achievement of spiritual liberation, freedom, absolute peace. Many of the key themes of the verses are presented in dichotomies or pairs, for example, grief and suffering versus joy; developing the mind instead of being negligent about one's mental attitude and conduct; virtuous action versus misconduct; and being truthful versus being deceitful. The purpose of these contrasts is, very simply, to describe the difference between what leads to desirable outcomes and what does not. For centuries, this text has been studied in its original Pali, the canonical language of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. This fresh new translation from Insight Mediation teacher and Pail translator Gil Fronsdal is both highly readable and scholarly authoritative. With extensive explanatory notes, this edition combines a rigorous attention to detail in bringing forth the original text with the translator's personal knowledge of the Buddhist path. It is the first truly accurate and highly readable translation of this text to be published in English. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BQ1372 .E54 F76 2006
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