Walking Two Roads: Accord and Separation in Chinese and Western Thought

Walking Two Roads: Accord and Separation in Chinese and Western Thought


By (author) Hans van Rappard

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  • Publisher: Vu University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 193 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 22 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Amsterdam
  • ISBN 10: 9086594085
  • ISBN 13: 9789086594085

Product description

In comparing Chinese and Western thought, this study explores each group's world view as well as their thoughts on the relationship between humans and the surrounding world and the mind versus consciousness. It particularly details the similarities and differences between Daoism and Chinese Buddhism and Epicureanism and Stoicism, two Greek schools of philosophy, emphasizing how while both the Chinese and the Greeks learned how to live in the "now," the Chinese centered this viewpoint around the body, while the Greeks saw it as a strictly rational pursuit. Overall, this analysis demonstrates how even though in many instances the East and West perceive the world differently, their lifestyles can still be quite similar.

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Author information

Hans van Rappard is an emeritus professor at the VU University in Amsterdam where he has taught history and theory of psychology.