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5: Other Parts of the Ancient World and Parallels to the West

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    While this book as a whole is focused on the surviving philosophical works that dominated Western thought in the earliest days of its intellectually-minded civilizations, there were other strong traditions developing in other parts of the world at the same time, most notably in the East. In what follows in this Unit are some selections from Eastern philosophies that were written around the same time period as those works presented in the first four Units of this work. The selections here have been chosen because they cover topics that were of interest to the Ancient Western Philosophers and can provide a different perspective to help better understand them. As you read what follows, compare and contrast the ideas, the focus of the work, and structure and style of argumentation to their counterparts in Ancient Western Philosophy. Doing such comparative philosophy is always a productive exercise that not only teaches one more philosophy, but also aids in better understanding the nuances of what has already been studied.

    5: Other Parts of the Ancient World and Parallels to the West is shared under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Noah Levin.

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