This innovative survey explores the distinctive character of three
traditions - Indian, Chinese and Western - that have dominated
philosophical thought over the past thousand years. Uniquely
comparative and sweeping in scope, "One Thousand Years of
Philosophy" covers the history of Western thought alongside the
Vedic philosophies of India, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, as
well as Islamic and Jewish contributions to philosophy.
Engaging and accessible, "One Thousand Years of Philosophy"
follows the transformation of the discipline over the course of the
last millennium, from its religious origins to a largely secular
enterprise. A wide range of philosophical fields and issues are
covered, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics,
existentialism, philosophy of science, and social and political
The essence and ingenuity of the arguments of the great
philosophers are explained in the context of their historical
developments, from the founding of the Sung Dynasty in 960 to the
collapse of the Soviet Union. "One Thousand Years of Philosophy"
offers readers a panoramic view of the ideas that have shaped the
world, and prompts them to ponder their significance for the next
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