By James W. Heisig
The six lectures that make up this e-book have been introduced in March 2011 at London University’s institution of Oriental and Asian reviews because the Jordan Lectures on Comparative faith. They revolve round the intersection of 2 rules, nothingness and hope, as they observe to a re-evaluation of the questions of self, God, morality, estate, and the East-West philosophical divide.
Rather than try to harmonize East and West philosophies right into a unmarried refrain, Heisig undertakes what he calls a “philosophical antiphony.” during the easy call-and-response of some consultant voices, Heisig attempts to hitch the choir on each side of the antiphony to narrate the questions to hand to greater difficulties that press at the human neighborhood. He argues that as difficulties just like the technological devastation of the wildlife, the shrinking of elected governance throughout the increasing powers of monetary associations, and the expropriation of trade cultures of well-being and schooling unfold freely via conventional civilizations internationally, non secular and philosophical responses can now not have the funds for to stay territorial in outlook. even though the lectures usually tension the significance of perform, their primary preoccupation is with seeing the issues of lifestyles extra sincerely. Heisig explains:
“By that I suggest not only having a look extra heavily at gadgets that come into my line of view from each day, yet seeing them as mirrors during which i will see myself mirrored. issues don't simply display components of the area to me; in addition they inform me anything of the way I see what I see, and who it truly is that does the seeing. to hear what issues need to say to me, i have to holiday with the behavior of pondering easily that it really is I who replicate inside myself the realm outdoors and method what i've got captured to make my approach via existence. merely whilst this behavior has been damaged will I be capable of begin seeing during the reflections, to scrape the tain off the reflect, because it have been, in order that it turns into a window to the issues of lifestyles as they're, with just a faded mirrored image of myself left at the pane. every thing visible throughout the taking a look glass, myself incorporated, turns into a picture on which truth has stamped itself. This, i'm persuaded, is the nearest we will come to a flooring for considering kind of and performing as true-to-life as we can.”