Philosophy is the study of human knowledge with an emphasis on the conditions of finding logical answers to questions. Many people have argued that the distinction between Eastern and Western schools of philosophy is arbitrary, purely geographic, and to a certain extent Eurocentric (Oldmeadow, 2007). The term Eastern philosophy usually refers to numerous cultures of the East mainly Asia, including China, India, and Japan. Most Western universities focus on Western philosophical traditions and ideas in their philosophy courses. Also in Western academic Eastern philosophies had traditionally have been overlooked in the past that’s growing strong as the days do by.
Eastern philosophy includes many different philosophies of Asia which include Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Iranian philosophy, Japanese philosophy, Korean philosophy, Arab philosophy and Jewish philosophy. An Eastern philosopher in my opinion that made very compelling arguments for his ideas is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi. "Gandhi was well known and known everywhere throughout the world. He was known for his use of nonviolence to help attain political freedom for India and for striving to instill a sense of self-respect in all human beings." (Moore & Bruder, 2008, p. 529) Gandhi was a hardworking person who dedicated his life and did everything he could to discover the truth. By being a hardworking person Gandhi started working on his own experiments and learning from his own mistakes.
Gandhi had stated that the most important battle to fight was overcoming his own demons, fears, and insecurities (nwlynch, 2009). After Gandhi ran through his thought process he said "God is Truth". One of Gandhi's main ideas was satyagraha, or the use of non-violent, civil disobedience as opposed to violence to resist tyranny and domination. This was a compelling idea which led to India's independence during the Indian independence... [continues]
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