Philosophical Questions: East and West is an anthology of source material for use in comparative courses in philosophy, religion, and the humanities. The readings - derived from the great works of the Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic, and Western intellectual traditions - are presented as answers to some of the most enduring questions in philosophy. Discussions are arranged under the headings of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and the nature of human being. Each section begins with an introductory essay in which the leading questions and their responses from different traditions are presented in overview. Philosophical Questions raises the central questions of comparative philosophy and eloquently argues the need for discarding familiar cliches to make a fresh, unprejudiced study of these traditions.
Bina Gupta is professor of philosophy and director of the South Asia Studies Area and Language Center at the University of Missouri. J. N. Mohanty is professor of philosophy at Temple University and is internationally known for his work in the area of Indian philosophy and Western phenomenology. He is the author of Transcendental Phenomenology (1989) and Classical Indian Philosophy.