An Introduction to Comparative Philosophy: A Travel Guide to by Walter Benesch

By Walter Benesch

This unique and available textual content is greater than an creation to comparative philosophy within the East and West. it's also a consultant to 'philosophizing' as a pondering strategy. as well as outlining the presuppositions of other traditions, it discusses their tools and strategies for reasoning in what the writer calls 4 dimensions of 'philosophical space': item, topic, the situational and the aspective/perspective size.

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Nirvana is, but not the man who seeks it. 24 To illustrate this dimension, we will explore parts of two additional Indian schools of philosophy: the Nyiiya and the Buddhist. These two schools, though oppposed to one another in many ways, share a common view of the situational nature of knowledge and self-awareness. Both developed profound insights into and techniques for facilitating thinking and then incorporating its situational nature into rules for reasoning. 4. THE ASPECTIPERSPECI'NE DIMENSION.

Human beings are both in nature and ofnature and so when we speak, what we say is always a unity of the nameable and the unnameable. Thus knowledge is a synthesis of the knowing of an aspect of this totality, with a perspective upon both this aspect and the whole. Understanding, then, is a combination of aspect and perspective, while failure to understand or to know would entail trying to separate aspect from perspective. Experience should always be accompanied by perspective upon its nature as aspect.

In addition to his mix of seeds or elements, Anaxagoras believed it was nous or cosmic mind that first set this continuum of mixtures to rotating, producing the syntheses that we perceive as objects. There was mind also in some of these syntheses, but not in all. It is mind which, being different from the elements in the cosmic mixture, recognizes objects, precisely because it is not such objects. For Anaxagoras as for Parmenides, sense 46 An Introduction to Comparative Philosophy experience is not reliable.

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