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7/25/06 12:26 PM
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hekster
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I am pretty sure that Hegel, Hume, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein were all influenced by eastern philosophy. Schopenhauer spent alot of time talking about subject object duality as well. Seems like alot of their most influential points come straight from buddhism...
7/26/06 9:55 AM
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I think many Buddhist ideas have influenced the contemporary theory of the mind.
8/31/06 3:45 AM
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weren't they more influenced my heraclitus (wrote at the same time as the buddha), who had a similar perspective
8/31/06 6:04 AM
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yup, "panta rei" is a bit buddhist, isn´t it?
10/13/06 1:24 PM
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Schopenhauer was probably the first to have studied, what was at the time, scholarly Western research on Buddhism, although mostly Theravada sources. His WWR is steeped in Buddhist thought and many of the commentators describing him as pessimistic launch the same critique of Buddhism (Copleston for one). His description of compassion as the source of morality is also deeply Buddhist and his hesitant metaphysical explanation of compassion relies on a combination of Hindu/Kantian thought. Wittgenstein's Tractatus and ealier notebooks rely on Schopenhauer's metaphors and his interlocutor in the TLP can actually be read as Schopenhauer.
10/19/06 9:25 PM
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What about husserl and sartre? phenomenology and existentialism have more than a little resemblence to the assertions of buddhism. Namely, that what we perceive directly is more real than the concepts we ascribe to material things.

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