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Ashgate World Philosophies Series: Ashgate World Philosophies Series


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The Ashgate World Philosophies series responds to the remarkable growth of interest among English-language readers in recent years in philosophical traditions outside those of 'the West'. The traditions of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese thought, as well as those of the Islamic world, Latin America, Africa, Aboriginal Australian, Pacific and American Indian peoples, are all attracting lively attention from professional philosophers and students alike, and this Ashgate series provides introductions to these traditions as well as in-depth research into central issues and themes within those traditions. The series is particularly designed for readers whose interests are not adequately addressed by general surveys of 'World Philosophy', and it includes accessible, yet research-led, texts for wider readership and upper-level student use, as well as research monographs. The series embraces a wide variety of titles ranging from introductions on particular world philosophies and informed surveys of the philosophical contributions of geographical regions, to in-depth discussion of a theme, topic, problem or movement and critical appraisals of individual thinkers or schools of thinkers.

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Buddhism as Philosophy An Introduction

Buddhism as Philosophy An Introduction

1st Edition

Mark Siderits
August 21, 2007

There has been a recent upsurge in interest in Buddhist philosophy, but there is as yet no satisfactory text on the subject. Buddhism as Philosophy fills that void. Unlike other texts that serve to introduce Buddhist thought, it is written by a philosopher and it shows how the Buddhist tradition ...

An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy An Annotated Translation of the Yoga Sutras

An Introduction to Yoga Philosophy An Annotated Translation of the Yoga Sutras

1st Edition

Ashok Kumar Malhotra
October 12, 2001

With its promise of personal improvement, physical well-being and spiritual enrichment, yoga is enjoying a resurgence in popularity at the turn of the third millennium. To unravel the mystery of the discipline, its philosophies and relevance in contemporary life, the original text of the Yoga ...

Buddhism, Virtue and Environment

Buddhism, Virtue and Environment

1st Edition

David E. Cooper, Simon P. James
February 18, 2005

Buddhism, one increasingly hears, is an 'eco-friendly' religion. It is often said that this is because it promotes an 'ecological' view of things, one stressing the essential unity of human beings and the natural world. Buddhism, Virtue and Environment presents a different view. While agreeing that...

Buddhist Inclusivism Attitudes Towards Religious Others

Buddhist Inclusivism Attitudes Towards Religious Others

1st Edition

Kristin Beise Kiblinger
May 16, 2017

Although Christians have well-developed responses to other religions, the counterpart scholarship from Buddhists has thus far lagged behind. Breaking new ground, Buddhist Inclusivism analyzes the currently favored position towards religious others, inclusivism, in Buddhist traditions. Kristin ...

Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy

Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy

1st Edition

Bo Mou
July 16, 2003

This anthology explores how Chinese and Western philosophies could jointly and constructively contribute to a common philosophical enterprise. Philosophers with in-depth knowledge of both traditions present a variety of distinct comparative approaches, offering a refined introduction to the further...

Mencius, Hume and the Foundations of Ethics

Mencius, Hume and the Foundations of Ethics

1st Edition

Xiusheng Liu
March 31, 2017

What is the most distinctive feature of human nature? Does human nature play any significant role in explaining ethical objectivity? How do we arrive at moral judgments? What is the relationship between moral judgments and moral motivation? In answering these questions, this book defends a ...

Personal Identity and Buddhist Philosophy Empty Persons

Personal Identity and Buddhist Philosophy Empty Persons

2nd Edition

Mark Siderits
October 30, 2015

Since the publication of Mark Siderits' important book in 2003, much has changed in the field of Buddhist philosophy. There has been unprecedented growth in analytic metaphysics, and a considerable amount of new work on Indian theories of the self and personal identity has emerged. Fully revised ...

Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation A Philosophical Study

Buddhism, Knowledge and Liberation A Philosophical Study

1st Edition

David Burton
January 28, 2004

Buddhism is essentially a teaching about liberation - from suffering, ignorance, selfishness and continued rebirth. Knowledge of 'the way things really are' is thought by many Buddhists to be vital in bringing about this emancipation. This book is a philosophical study of the notion of liberating ...

Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics

Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics

1st Edition

Simon P. James
May 25, 2004

Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics explores the implications of Zen Buddhist teachings and practices for our moral relations with the natural world. At once an accessible introduction to Zen and an important contribution to the debate concerning the environmental implications of the tradition, ...

Zhuangzi and Early Chinese Philosophy Vagueness, Transformation and Paradox

Zhuangzi and Early Chinese Philosophy Vagueness, Transformation and Paradox

1st Edition


November 23, 2016

The Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi (also known as Chuang Tzu), along with Confucius, Lao Tzu, and the Buddha, ranks among the most influential thinkers in the development of East Asian thought. His literary style is humorous and entertaining, yet the philosophical content is extraordinarily subtle and...

Learning from Chinese Philosophies Ethics of Interdependent and Contextualised Self

Learning from Chinese Philosophies Ethics of Interdependent and Contextualised Self

1st Edition

Karyn Lai
December 02, 2016

Learning from Chinese Philosophies engages Confucian and Daoist philosophies in creative interplay, developing a theory of interdependent selfhood in the two philosophical traditions. Karyn Lai draws on the unique insights of the two philosophies to address contemporary debates on ethics, community...

Wisdom in Early Confucian and Israelite Traditions

Wisdom in Early Confucian and Israelite Traditions

1st Edition

Xinzhong Yao
October 28, 2016

Wisdom is an integratal part of all philosophical and religious traditions in the world. Focusing on the concept of wisdom, this book examines the difficulties and problems facing comparative studies of the early Confucian and Israelite traditions by exploring the cosmological and ethical ...

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