Eastern Philosophy: The Basics Paperback – 1 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Victoria S. Harrison is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. She has extensive experience of teaching Indian and Chinese philosophies at undergraduate level in both the UK and the USA and has published extensively in the subject areas of Philosophy and Religion.
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I don't consider this book to be well written. The author has surely read a lot about eastern philosophy and this book is at best an attempt to dump whatever the author knows on paper in an unorganized manner. This is most visible in the author's introduction, which is full of undefined vocabulary, jumping from one idea to another without carefully and concisely explaining the ideas etc, which loses the reader right from the start. This is the least one should expect from the introductory chapter of a book that claims to be about the basics of any topic. A well written introductory book should grasp the reader's attention right from the start instead of frusturating the reader with a vocabulary show-off and complete cacophony of unorganized ideas.
As I mentioned, the author has clearly read a lot of books about this subject, so my suggestion would be to just go through this book's bibliography, pick a couple of books and read those. This would be a better use of your time than struggling through this badly organized and poorly written / edited book. Don't be fooled by the short chapter titles - you'll read some of these chapters and at the end wonder how it relates to the seemingly simple title of the chapter.
Overall, I was looking for a clear, concise, well organized book on the basics of eastern philosophy - and this is not it. If you're looking for the same, continue looking.
Philip J. Ivanhoe
Chair Professor of East Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion
Director, Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP)
City University of Hong Kong
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