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Mysticism and Morality: Oriental Thought and Moral Philosophy

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The East is no longer remote. Events there penetrate our consciousness in a new way, and Oriental thought now exerts a stronger fascination for Western minds than ever before.
Paperback, 127 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Columbia University Press (first published 1972)
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T. Sayama
Sep 18, 2013 T. Sayama rated it really liked it
Here Danto is trying to show how all of these religions are grounded in factual beliefs about the world, and how that defines our relationship to the foundational beliefs of each of the religions described.

I believe this was written as a curative warning against easy use (or abuse, or more likely misunderstanding and misappropriation) of other religions, and that we cannot just mix and match and/or blend other religions into our belief systems because our basic "factual" beliefs about the world
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Bob Nichols
Jun 14, 2012 Bob Nichols rated it it was ok
Danto's introduction promises the worse as I had no idea what he was saying or what he intended to do with this book on oriental thought and moral philosophy.

From here, Danto moves to his first chapter where he seems to argue that moral values rest on factual beliefs. That argument is interesting in itself, but its application to the rest of the book was not so evident. In the next few chapters, Danto offers a few interesting thoughts about Indian philosophy (karma, moksha), although this discus
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applies an analytical framework to eastern spiritual and contemplative traditions. Danto parses out the differences between different spiritual models to clarify their philosophical positions.
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Arthur Coleman Danto was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 1, 1924. He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy. He is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he has contributed significantly to a number of fields. His interests span thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theor ...more
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