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An introduction to three great philosophical traditions, namely those of India, the Middle East and the Far East. Fifty eastern thinkers are covered. Each is placed within the context of his or her own tradition and key ideas are explored together with relevant biographical information. The book focuses on the philosophies of the East rather than on its religions and attempts to be clear and concise without over-simplification. The Indian section covers Hindu, Buddhist and Jain thought with special emphasis on Vedanta philosophy. The Middle Eastern section is primarily concerned with Islamic thinkers. The Far East includes the three great traditions of China - Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism - as well as the Buddhist thinkers of Japan.

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