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Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

Narrateur(s): Grant Hardy
Durée: 18 h et 36 min
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Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution - and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers.

Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as the existence of God, the meaning of life and the nature of truth and reality.

This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers - from a much-honored teacher and scholar - offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi - responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

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outstanding

outstanding combination of vast knowledge, synthesis, and engaging speaking style. thoroughly enjoyable and useful. Bravo.

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Great passionate prof, must listen for westerners

Not only accomplishes an overview of most asian spiritualism for those looking for places to dive in (I recommend starting with the analects and mengzi either before or right after this) but also gives you insight into what people intellectual and lay in general are really like based on what they conceptualize and gravitate towards.

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  • mc2
  • Monument, CO, US
  • 2014-04-24

Among the Best Great Courses = Don't Miss

What did you love best about Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition?

Dr Hardy has a complete mastery of the material. It sounds like he is recalling from memory and it comes across as very conversational. He brings to light the genius of the philosophical thought from India and China and then includes Japan and Korea.
The history of the East is enlightening

What other book might you compare Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition to and why?

The closest comparison is to The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. However, I think this was better.

The performance was outstanding. Mastery of the material. Conversational and Enthusiastic. You could tell he loved the material and he could not wait to tell you all about it.

The Story was great. Dr Hardy was careful to repeat any lists and he went through them methodically and clearly.

Which scene was your favorite?

Favorite part.

There were many interesting and entertaining parts. You learn about "one hand clapping" and "shooting the messenger"

However the most memorable part that I paused and listened to over and over was:
Study Extensively
Inquire Carefully
Ponder Thoroughly
Sift Clearly
Practice Earnestly - Zhu Xi

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried when it was over. I wanted to continue to hear more. I will definitely be listening to this one again and take more notes.

Any additional comments?

Thought provoking
Entertaining
Enriching
You will definitely come away with a better appreciation of Eastern thought. You will also have a lot that can be applied to your life, like the following:
Knowledge and Action Must go Together

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  • Winter Wonder
  • Oakland, CA USA
  • 2013-12-04

Fantastic, Comprehensive, Welcoming

Prof. Hardy has an excellent attitude and style. He is well versed and sees the big connections between these many schools and makes occasional reference to western thinkers and historical occurrences. I can think of no better way to get into eastern thought, especially Chinese (confucianism and daoism), Indian (Various forms of hinduism), and Buddhism (chinese, japanese, etc.).

Take notes!

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  • SAMA
  • 2013-11-27

Much Richer than You Would Think

I listened to this right after its Western counterpart, and immediately noticed a lot of parallels (debates on the meaning of life) and deviance (emphasis on spirituality until very recently.) There is a lot of concentrated wisdom in this course from China, Japan, India and (in a single lecture) Korea. I was disappointed at the complete absence of Russia in this course, however.

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  • Michael
  • 2013-08-16

Great Lectures among the best of the Great Courses

What made the experience of listening to Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition the most enjoyable?

Listening to a professor acknowledged for his ability to teach and who has obvious passion for the subject and a large coverage without losing his audience.

What did you like best about this story?

So much information here in a subject I did not know much about and feel that I learned quite a bit from it. Even if I can't remember all the names and specifics, there will always be new avenues of thinking opened by this book.

What about Professor Grant Hardy’s performance did you like?

Obviously passionate about the subject. The only problem is that he can't say "example" and says "edsample" which is a bit annoying. He can't help that of course, but if you are really irritated by that sort of thing, probably should let this one go. Sad if you have to, but I can understand that sort of irritability.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of the monk who after many frightening and potentially fatal incidents finds peace in the beautiful flower seconds before his death. This resonated with me strongly and brought to mind the rather famous verse from the new testament "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, ... , whatever is of good report, think about these things". This is the true inspirational value of the great courses: expanding ones knowledge and connecting various understandings with the feeling of understanding new and fascinating connections.

Any additional comments?

The great courses are amazing, I wholly recommend them with respect to those I have completed so far.

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  • Adam
  • United States
  • 2014-07-14

The Longest But Best Course

Would you consider the audio edition of Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition to be better than the print version?

Were there to be a print edition, it would be its own textbook.

What other book might you compare Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition to and why?

It references an entire library of books.

Have you listened to any of Professor Grant Hardy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This course prompted me to pick up his other Great Courses series.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Zen master Hakuin Ekaku's story is not only fascinating but very relatable to every listener.

Any additional comments?

I can't recommend this course enough. I've listened to it four times. There is so much information, you will come to the same realization quickly. It's like putting a cup under a waterfall. There's just too much to hold in a single listen. Best credit ever spent on Audible.

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  • Joshua
  • 2016-03-30

The Title Is A Better Description Than Summary

I think the Audible.com summary is slightly misleading. It gives the impression, at least to me, that we would be focusing almost entirely on philosophers and religious leaders. We do spend most of our time with them, but Hardy also does a significant amount of lecturing on great historians, inventors, aesthetes, and novelists, as well as sketching out the history of Eastern thought. Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition is much closer, but even that's not perfect as Al-Biruni wasn't quite Eastern and Hardy admits that Chairman Mao was more influential than great.

Grant Hardy's performance is excellent. His enthusiasm for Eastern culture and his wide reading are apparent. There was a good "density of information", few-to-no dull spots, and a nice conversational tone with the occasional interesting anecdote. His analogy about the three hotels cleared up a lot of the confusion I had before the course.

Five stars all around, and the other lecture series he has on here is in my Wish List.

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  • Marc
  • 2015-07-22

Respectful insight into foreign views

What other book might you compare Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition to and why?

I have listened to several lectures about philosophy, history of religion and even historical research, trying to understand roots and ideas of religious beliefs and getting a grip on how people around the world deal with the (to me: meaningless) questions of life, the universe - and everything.
This course, contrary to some other rather egocentric "great courses" on philosophy, breathes respect for "the world of the East", for its history and ideas. I do feel like I got somewhat closer to understanding how Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Indian and (whom did I forget? Sorry!) traditional philosophies "tick", what "rules" they followed and how they were constructed.

The reason for rating "story" only with 4 stars is that I missed some more detail on social history explaining more of the backgrounds of the philosophers described. I understand that this is due to the limited time of the course, but in the end I feel like I don't really get they WHYs: What are the reasons for the morals and ethics described and what are the "ultimate goals" that should be achieved by setting the rules and following them.
Yes, Mr. Hardy does explain the personal background of most of the philosophers and does give some (short) overviews on the respective historical context, but I found that, in some parts, a bit lacking.
This is, however, but a very small drawback, overall I am glad I took the time to listen to the course. I have not found "my new religion" or "my new philosophy" here, but that definitely wasn't my goal when starting this course.

Any additional comments?

Aside from his respectful, open and honest approach to the very different moral/philosophical systems he discusses, I really enjoyed the personal involvement Mr. Hardy showed, "spicing" his lectures with personal anecdotes, hints at his family and a personal, warm greeting of the imaginary audience (the infamous fake applause should be ignored).
His presentation, different to many other "great teachers", does not feel like he's reading from paper, but sounds freely spoken, personal (repeating myself here) and interested.

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  • Michael
  • 2014-11-15

Dr. Hardy is Awesome.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most Definitely. Informative. Dr. Hardy's love for the subject beams through.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Samsara. Moksha. Sadhu. The Four Books. The Five Classics. So very many other things that I didn't even know that I didn't know.

What does Professor Grant Hardy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes. He brings a sense of humor, and genuine love of the subject to the table. Amusing anecdotes. Not a single lecture is drab or boring.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I plowed through this lecture series. It was engaging, and after my first lesson I found nothing wrong with it. I'm going back for a second, in fact, because there's no way I retained all of it, even though I retained so much!

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  • John
  • Skaneateles, NY, United States
  • 2014-11-06

Not what I expected

If I had signed up for this class in college out of curiosity I would have dropped it after a couple weeks. As it was I made it about half way through before I returned it.

I was expecting an immersion in the actual philosophical teachings of the great asian minds. What I got instead was a mind numbing rapid fire list like litany of the HISTORY of asian philosophy. After the first few lectures it became very hard to follow and my interest rapidly waned. This lecture series is a shallow skimming of eastern philosophy delving briefly into each the numerous small branches and variations of the major schools of thought.

The names just flow by and the philosophies begin to blur, then, fade, then........WHOA I'm thinking about what I should be getting at the hardware store and haven't absorbed a word in the last 5 minutes. OK, concentrate, try to pay attention, OK Jong Chi in the time of the Jo Dynasty founded the Jang Xi movement of the middle path existential Buddhists believed in the 5 ways to enlightenment (list them all) which differed from the preceding 6 ways (listed for comparison) which meant he never wore shoes.......duct tape, have to pick up some duct tape......

oh I give up.

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  • G. S. Harris
  • Fairfield, Iowa
  • 2017-04-12

Breakthrough: Great Books for the East

Any additional comments?

My life has been greatly enriched though acquaintance with the Orient. Oriental thought is quite different from ours, often the exact opposite, but when I don't judge, I make fascinating new friends, acquire a larger perspective, and have new things to admire. Prof. Grant Hardy isn't perfect but I gave this course five stars for creating what has never been done before for the general public--to provide an overview of Eastern Intellectual Tradition. Western education typically presents itself as the discoverer and inventor of nearly everything, making it look as if the East was backwards, entirely overlooking that their culture was at least 5,000 years old and that they invented things long before the West, For instance, China and Korea were using block printing at least 100 years before Gutenberg. Intellectually and spiritually, they think and feel differently than us, but if one understands that we need both the left and right hemisphere of the brain, then it is easier to understand that their thinking also has great merit.

Hardy makes this "strange" (to us) world understandable to the Western mind. I know that it helped me to already know a little of the culture and to have a background steeped in Western intellectual tradition for comparison, but I believe that newcomers would be able to understand it. If you just want to understand world cultures, other courses (such as Customs of the World [highly recommended] or Understanding Culture and Human Geography) might be better and they might serve as introductions to this one, but anyone interested in the life of the mind and the thinkers who have shaped our world, Dr. Hardy is very knowledgable. He presented the information with enthusiasm and some humor. He was easy to understand. I felt he organized the material well.

As world commerce, the internet, and other modes of connection has made us a world community, we need to understand (accept and even appreciate) those who are different than ourselves. For anyone wanting to do that, this is a great course in understanding the underpinnings of the Eastern mind.

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