Greek Philosophy among Three Traditions of Ideas

Prof Yoshihisa Yamaguchi (Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Classics)

Saturday, 27 May, 2000; 7:30-9:30pm

Seminar room, Darwin College

Chinese classics has been learnt by Japanese for a long time, while Indian classics has contact with us through Buddhism. Western classics was introduced only after Japan ceased to be secluded, but is important as a backbone of Western civilisation. It is an interesting fact that these three traditions have their origin in the same era.
The very concept of philosophy was born in Greece, and Greek philosophy is also regarded as a source of natural science. What are the characteristics of Greek philosophy contrasted with its counterparts in India and China? A historical survey and a comparison will give us an idea of what philosophy is and what meaning Greek philosophy has for us.