Oriental Enlightenment: The Encounter Between Asian and Western Thought - J. J. (John James) ClarkeLondon & New York: Routledge, 1997, Paperback.
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From the cover: “In spite of growing fascination in the West in recent years for Oriental traditions such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Taoism, there remain entrenched Eurocentric attitudes which tend to marginalise the influence of Eastern thought on the West.
Oriental Enlightenment: The Encounter Between Asian and Western Thought challenges such attitudes by exploring the role of ‘orientalism’ within the broad sweep of the modern Western intellectual tradition, and by demonstrating in detail how Eastern ideas have woven their way through debates in such fields as philosophy, religion, and psychology. In attempting to understand the deeper significance of this remarkable, if not always adequately acknowledged, strand in the history of Western ideas, Oriental Enlightenment explores some of the cultural, political, and intellectual factors that have helped to shape orientalist interests. J. J. Clarke offers a fresh evaluation of orientalist perspectives ranging from ecstatic romanticisation to condescending racism, and engages with recent arguments which see orientalism as simply an expression of Western imperial power. At the same time the author offers a sympathetic understanding of the positive role that the East has played in the intellectual and spiritual life of the West.
Covering the period from the ages of Enlightenment and Romanticism to the present, as well as engaging with contemporary postcolonial and postmodern debates, this highly accessible introduction will be of interest to students of history, philosophy, psychology and comparative religion, and anyone seeking an understanding of the development of modern Western thought.”