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TitleEast-West Studies on the Problem of the Self [electronic resource] : Papers presented at the Conference on Comparative Philosophy and Culture held at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, April 22-24, 1965 / edited by P. T. Raju, Alburey Castell
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1968
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Descript 234 p. online resource


The general characteristics of the decades after the last World War, so far as the human situation goes, include two phenomena: these decades are marked by man's dissatisfaction with himself, his confession of ignorance of himself, his anxiety about his future, and also his earnest search for the ground of his being, which can give him a feeling of security with reference to his life here and hereafter; they are also marked by man's pride about his achievements in science and techยญ nology, a hope of a better life on earth, and a faith in himself as capable of engineering the individual and society for realizing peace, harmony, and happiness for all men. The contemporary thinking man is conscious of the predicament these two kinds of characteristics have created for him, admits failures, hopes for improvements, and works for them. In carrying out this work, he has to and wants to know what human life is, what the meaning and purpose of life are, and why his struggles and achievements have not succeeded in giving every man a reasonable amount of comfort and happiness. He has come to realize also that the accumulation of material comforts does not necessarily lead to happiยญ ness, although happiness for man - except for the monk, fakir, or sannyiisin - is not possible without material comforts. Here we have the problem


1. Towards a More Comprehensive Concept of the Person -- 2. Love, Self, and Contemporary Culture -- 3. The Problem of Immortality -- 4. Free Will, Creativity of God, and Order -- 5. Other Persons, Other Things -- 6. The Concept of Rational Animal -- 7. The Self in Muโ{128}{153}tazilah Thought -- 8. Unity: Appearance and Reality in the Light of the Sufi Doctrines of Wahdat-ul-Wujud of Ibn โ{128}{152}Arabi and Wahdat-ush-Shahud of Shaik Ahmed Sarhandi -- 9. Variants in the Concepts of the Self in the Islamic Tradition -- 10. Is There a Soul or No Soul? The Buddha Refused to Answer. Why? -- 11. ?ankaraโ{128}{153}s Interpretation of the Self and Its Influence on Later Indian Thought -- 12. Person and Moral Life (A Presentation of the Nature of Person and the Essence of Moral Life in the Philosophy of Prajรฑ?p?ramit? -- 13. The Self as Discovery and Creation in Western and Indian Philosophy -- 14. The Bhagavad g?t? and the Book of Job on the Problem of the Self -- 15. Pre-existence -- 16. Approaches to the I-consciousness: Its Depths, Normal and Abnormal -- 17. Concern for the Person โ{128}{148} Concluding Paper

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