Westerm Philosophers

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Eastern and Western philosophy is similar because they both share an interest in the  matters of their basic significance to the existence of humans. However, there are some interre- lated differences that are important to recognize. I have chosen an eastern philosopher by the  name of Lao Tzu; he is thought to have lived during c. 6th Century B.C.E. and was known as  “the father of Taoism”. This paper will attempt to compare Tzu with a western Greek philosopher  named Socrates (c. 469 BC–399 B.C.E.) While there are individual differences between these two philosophers, let us first dis- cuss three basic and foundational differences between East and West. In Eastern philosophy, the world does not follow specific laws; the world just simply “is”.  People looked for a pattern or regularity in the nature of things and events. The belief is that any  “laws” or rules learned from watching some phenomenon are solely perceived through the act of  human conception and has nothing to do with the act or event itself. Human conception is a way  of organizing our experiences in life. Western philosophy applies a symbolic thought (such as mathematics or words) to 
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2010 for the course PHI 105 taught by Professor Taylor during the Fall '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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