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Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers

. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as the existence of God, the meaning of life and the nature of truth and reality.

This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers - from a much-honored teacher and scholar - offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi - responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

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Well put together lecture!

Professor Hardy structured and taught this lecture exceptionally well. It is a pleasure to listen. After finishing it, I got a good overview of the most important thinkers and their approaches to life and beyond.

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What a fantastic course!

If one is interested in understanding India, China, Japan, and Korea from within, this is the course to start as well as to deepen one's knowledge. It offers a rich, almost overwhelming amount of information in an approachable way. It explains the development of Hinduism, Buddhim, Islam, Confucianism, the Korean alphabet, Japanese Zen-Buddhism and nationalism, Maoism and the historic as well as the philosophic and political developments influencing all of them. The lecture concludes with a summary and an explanation of how all of this influences modern Asia from the role of the cast system in today's India to the importance of Chinese business cards. I will definitely come back to this course!