Eastern and Western Philosophers Comparison Paper

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Running Head: EASTERN AND WESTERN PHILOSOPHERS 1 Eastern and Western Philosophers Comparison Paper Nicole Bohanon PHI 105 03/22/2010 Steve Ripley
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Running Head: EASTERN AND WESTERN PHILOSOPHERS 2 Think. Don't Think. From the beginning this has been one of the primary differences between Eastern and Western Philosophy. Generally Western systems attempt to think and rationalize a system of philosophy based on experience and create a logic theory on the meaning of life. In Eastern philosophy, thinking is part of the discursive mind and clouds the actual perception of reality, so don't think, experience. In the West experience is explained in words, in the East, words are slowly peeled away so one can experience reality directly. Think. Don't Think. In fact the Taoist text, The Tao Te Ching, opens with the following, "The Way that can be told is not the Unvarying Way, the names that can be named are not the unvarying names." (Moore 149) So, in essence, words always fall short of the true meaning of experience. Eastern
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