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 advent to comparative philosophy within the East and West. it's also a consultant to 'philosophizing' as a considering procedure. as well as outlining the presuppositions of other traditions, it discusses their equipment and methods 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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These range from elementary grammar texts to more complex attempts to explain precisely how symbols relate to thoughts and things. Some would insist that where there is no symbol, such as a language, there is no thought. Others would argue that where there is no symbol, there is no thing. Of course this arguing and insisting takes place in and with symbols. A constant question in many thought systems is whether general nouns, for example, space, matter, culture, society, and people are closer to real things, or whether particular nouns are closer to the way things just are.

The potential for sensation is not defined by any specific set of sensations, nor are we the objects which we perceive and define. At the same time, perception is always perception of something. When we chance to pass a mirror, we may look to see how we look at the moment, but we cannot look at the looking that occurs. Hindu philosophers in the Kena Upani~ad spoke of the Self, the source of awareness, as the 'unseeable seeing in seeing' . 1 One of the most important aspects of human awareness, or the seeing in seeing, is that it is also potential awareness of awareness.

To build a rocket and send it to the moon, you need only measure space, not define it. The measurement of space is the only specification of it needed for scientfic purposes, and this is called an operational definition. IS 2. THOUGHT- including the related terms: mind, mental event, conceiving, thinking, consciousness, awareness, attention, affirmation, negation. Almost as many books have been written on mind as have been produced on reality. Some of them affirm mind. Some deny it. Some explain how it works; others claim such explanations are impossible, still others say that explaining is the mind.

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