Essay on Eastern and Western Philosphers

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Eastern and Western Philosophers

PHI/105
7-18-10
James Boen

Philosophy is normal in two categories Eastern and Western Philosophy. There is a difference between them Eastern Philosophy is mostly Asian philosophies like Buddhism and Hinduism of Indian Philosophies. Eastern Philosophy is the study of a journey in distance. Eastern philosophy travels back to a period in time that leaves a message for today (Moore & Bruder, 2008, pg 525) Western Philosophy is different from Eastern Philosophy it is more thinking and studying of guidance of a full and contented life. (Moore & Bruder, 2008, pg 525) I think an Eastern Philosopher who had very good ideas or theories was Siddhartha Gautama who was later known as Buddha. Buddha
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Following these paths helps someone deal with suffering and understand suffering as well, you also had to understand the paths as well and follow them in order for them to be helpful. Buddha also thought he found the cause of suffering and a way to get rid of suffering as well. By getting rid of unwanted fear and also believed that people did not know how to deal with suffering as well that’s why people run form their fears so they do not have to suffer. (Moore & Bruder, 2008, pg 530- 534) A western Philosopher that I found to be interesting is Galileo. He was born in February 1564. Galileo was an Italian physicist mathematician astronomer and philosopher one of the leading minds in the scientific revolution. It was also said that he was responsible for the birth of modern science. Galileo was a very intelligent person but also went against the Geocentric “view of the earth is the center of the universe” as was so widely believed in the era to the Heliocentric Roman church during the Roman inquisition in early 1615 even though he was cleared of any offense in 1616. After his inquires by the church he later published a book called the “Dialogue concerning the two Chief World Systems”. Published in 1632, he was tried by the Inquisition, found "vehemently suspect of heresy," forced to recant, and spent the rest of his life under house arrest. Similar both searching for the highest level of enlightenment and oppressed for going against the standard views of

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