India and China have long philosophical traditions that address vast questions about human nature and destiny, usually with very different answers both from each other and from the Western tradition. They also have distinct and varied approaches to such subjects as knowledge, language, logic, ethics and social organization.
This book provides an authoritative introduction to Eastern systems of thought through a rarely attempted comparison of India and China. While using terms and notions intrinsic to the Eastern traditions, it also recognizes categories and themes familiar from Western philosophy.
The author highlights the main concerns of the different traditions in a way that is both authoritative and accessible – a model example of global philosophy for a general audience.
Chakaravarthi Ram Prasad studied politics, sociology and history in India, and took a doctorate in philosophy at Oxford University. He has taught at the National University of Singapore and held Research Fellowships at Trinity College, Oxford, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has also been a visiting fellow at Benares Hindu University, Ecole Francaise d’ Extreme Orient, Pondicherry, and De Nobili College, Pune. He has a range of interests in global and comparative philosophies, and is on the academic advisory council of the Global Religion and Ethics Forum, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the Templeton Foundation’s Global Perspective on Science and Spirituality Programme. He lectures regularly at universities in the US, Europe and India. Ram-Prasad is currently based in the Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University.