From The Great Courses brochure: "When most of us study philosophy, we're focusing only on the Western
intellectual tradition brought about by people such as Aristotle, Descartes, and Nietzsche. But to understand the Western
intellectual tradition is to only get half
of the story.
Just as important, and just as valid a contribution to
philosophy, is the Eastern intellectual tradition. Eastern philosophy is also the product of thousands of years of
thought and was also built up by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Among these are
- the Buddha,
- Gandhi, and
Their ideas demonstrate fascinating, wholly different ways of approaching,
understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as
existence of God,
- the meaning of life,
- the nature of truth and reality,
- the organization of government
- the significance of suffering, and
- the roots of a well-lived life.
To explore Eastern
perspectives on these issues is to embark on an illuminating journey into the heart of grand, but often unfamiliar, civilizations.
It's also a thought-provoking way to understand the surprising connections and differences between East and West, and
to strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world."