Ing generalizations and simplifications Even though Baggini is providing a service by
showing this work in ual light Western philosophy without resorting to this work in Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, eual light as Western philosophy without to soft bigotry of relativist pandering by talking about so much in a single volume there are some culturally stereotypical remarks thrown around that have the best of intentions but a somewhat numbingffect on the reader at least this one These instances are few but certainly noticeable upon rereading The First Ghost especially So while I really don t find this to be A Global History of Philosophy it did serve as anffective xpository work for several areas of philosophy
which I have not found in many other works for the I have not found in many other works for the Likely this would have been much ffective as a series giving a volume in that series to Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential each culturephilosophical tradition discussed In short he certainly accomplishes the goal of introducing several concepts and inspiring you to look for sources but he also makes you think that much seeking and finding should have been possible within this volume itself I so wanted to learn from this book Understanding philosophies from around the world sounded uite interesting and it grabbed my attention at the bookstore and no doubt the author sxperience is xtensive but the writing just didn t invite me in to learn and understand To be fair i njoyed a number of parts of the books such as the chapter on Japanese relational. He world What we call 'philosophy' in the West is not Humanism even half the story Julian Baggini sets out toxpand our horizons in How the World Thinks xploring the philosophies of Japan India China and the Muslim world as well as the lesser known oral traditions of Africa and Australia's first peoples Interviewing thinkers from around the globe Baggini asks uestions such as why is the West is individualistic tha. .
characters How the World Thinks.
A decent high level overview of philosophy around the world mostly non western Interesting and ye opening read for someone who is not well versed in philosophy not sure how useful it is for someone who is There are a few reasons to read this moderately sized work from Julian Baggini on philosophy from around the globe and a few reasons not to read it Firstly this book does in one volume than any I have ncountered to treat the philosophical thought of India China Japan and the Muslim
"World As Genuine Philosophy Without "as genuine philosophy without and in condescendingly unlettered fashion uating any of that with mysticism theology or spirituality Though there certainly is overlap from philosophy in those fields The East is hardly the only area where this happens Also Baggini does lay out a lot of these concepts very clearly so those with little xperience in this area will be mostly caught up on the history and appropriate terminology Lastly the function of philosophy in these regions on the larger cultural zeitgeist and practically that societies political and social functioning is well detailed Where the book has issues is mainly the speed with which it works in all of these areas I can certainly give the work the benefit of the doubt as it
treads where few philosophy texts for the layman have however because so much history andwhere few philosophy texts for the layman have however because so much history and is discussed within a mere 400 pages there are some sweep. In the first global overview of philosophy Julian Baggini travels the world to provide a wide ranging map of human thought One of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered ntirely separately in China India and Ancient Greece at or less the same time These arly philosophies have had a profound impact on the development of distinctive cultures in different parts of .
Self and the anecdotes that illustrate it But he jumps around way too much for me and I found myself skimming often than I prefer It
Would Have Been Appropriatehave been appropriate name this book How Some People Think given it s largely the viewpoint of a middle class Anglo Saxon male Women are dismissed with a summary comment women s voices are almost ntirely absent from the world s classical traditions This is true but doesn t warrant leaving out the contributions of Indian women like Gargi Maitreyi and Lopamudra who were well known for their learned and spirited debates
"With Men And Greek Women "men and Greek women Hypatia It would have been interesting if Baggini had compared their thinking with the malesThe term Indian philosophy is misleading though to be fair it is also used by many Indians The correct term is Vedic philosphy for two reasons it is found in many other countries in South and South East Asia Secondly there are other philosophies in India including Buddhist Jain Muslim Sikh tcBaggini presents Marx
as influencing Gandhi by leading him to balance the traditional mphasisinfluencing Gandhi by leading him to balance the traditional While My Soldier Serves emphasis spirituality with concerns for social justice It is appropriate to say Marx might have influence Gandhi through his trenchant criticism of the barbarity of British colonial rule its loot and torture clearly acknowledging that the misery inflicted by the British on Hindustan is of anssentially different and infinitely intensiv. N the East What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom Offering deep insights into how different regions operate and paying as much attention to commonalities as to differences Baggini shows that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think we take the first step to a greater understanding of ourselves.