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Western Thought for Asian Readers

Traditions of Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians by: David L. Johnson

Writing in a simple language, Prof. D. L. Johnson acquaints Asian readers with the traditional ideas and values that have shaped the culture of the western world over centuries, mainly dominant thinkers and ideas of classical Greece and Rome and religious traditions of the Jews and the Christians.

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ISBN: 9788186921258
Year Of Publication: 2004
Edition: 1st
Pages : xi, 145
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400

Overview

This book acquaints Asian readers with traditional ideas and values that have shaped the culture of the Western world over centuries. Written in simple language, it throws light on dominant thinkers and ideas of classical Greece and Rome as well as the religious traditions of Jews and Christians. Greek mythology, Greek epic literature and drama are included in the survey. The impact of Greek philosophy in moulding of Western thought as well as the Roman interpretations of Greek philosophy are included. The history of Jewish and Christian interpretations of god and the human predicament are explained with clarity and compared and contrasted with Asian ideas. Special attention is given to controversial ideas which often confuse Asian readers, as for instance the Jewish and Christian assertion of their ideas as truth claims. The book will be useful to scholars of Asia as well as to general readers and students keen on understanding the sources of Western culture and its appeal today.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. The Greek Legacy
2. Greek Religion in The Iliad and The Oddyssey
3. The Odyssey as Epic Literature
4. Greek Drama: The Tragic and the Comic
5. The Agamemnon
6. Sophocles and Oedipus Rex
7. Greek Comedy
8. Philosophy in the Classical Period
9. Socrates and his Search for Truth
10. The Ontology: Plato’s Theory of Being
11. Plato and Art
12. Aristotle (384-322 bc)
13. Hellenistic and Roman Thought
14. Hebrew People and Hebrew Religion
15. The Rest of the Jewish Story
16. The Christian Religion

Meet the Author
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A scholar of Asian Studies, Professor D. L. Johnson obtained a Ph. D. degree from The University of Iowa. He holds the A. B. degree in English Literature and in Religious Studies from Aubsburg College of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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