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Scharfstein, Ben-Ami 1919-

Overview
Works: 73 works in 322 publications in 5 languages and 15,223 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Self-instruction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comparative studies 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Ben-Ami Scharfstein
A comparative history of world philosophy : from the Upanishads to Kant by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( )

15 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Comparative History of World Philosophy presents a personal yet balanced guide through what the author argues to be the three great philosophical traditions: Chinese, European, and Indian. The book breaks through the cultural barriers between these traditions, proving that despite their considerable differences, fundamental resemblances exist in their abstract principles. Ben-Ami Scharfstein argues that Western students of philosophy will profit considerably if they study Indian and Chinese philosophy from the very beginning, along with their own." "This book is organized thematically, presenting in virtually every chapter characteristic views from each tradition that represent similar positions in the core areas of metaphysics and epistemology. At the same time, Scharfstein develops each tradition historically as the chapters unfold. He presents a great variety of philosophical positions fairly, avoiding the relativism and ethnocentrism that could easily plague a comperative presentation of Western and non-Western philosophies."--Jacket
Art without borders : a philosophical exploration of art and humanity by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 2,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"People all over the world make art and take pleasure in it, and they have done so for millennia. But acknowledging that art is a universal part of human experience leads us to some big questions: Why does it exist? Why do we enjoy it? And how do the world's different art traditions relate to art and to each other?" "Art Without Borders is an extraordinary exploration of those questions, a profound and personal meditation on the human hunger for art and a dazzling synthesis of the whole range of inquiry into its significance. Esteemed thinker Ben-Ami Scharfstein's encyclopedic erudition is here brought to bear on the full breadth of the world of art. He draws on neuroscience and psychology to understand the way we both perceive and conceive of art, including its resistance to verbal exposition. Through examples of work by Indian, Chinese, European, African, and Australian artists, Art Without Borders probes the distinction between accepting a tradition and defying it through innovation, which leads to a consideration of the notion of artistic genius. Continuing in this comparative vein, Scharfstein examines the mutual influence of European and non-European artists. Then, through a comprehensive evaluation of the world's major art cultures, he shows how all of these individual traditions are gradually, but haltingly, conjoining into a single current of universal art. Finally, he concludes by looking at the ways empathy and intuition can allow members of one culture to appreciate the art of another." "Lucid, learned, and incomparably rich in thought and detail, Art Without Borders is a monumental accomplishment, on par with the artistic achievements Scharfstein writes about so lovingly in its pages."--Jacket
Amoral politics : the persistent truth of Machiavellism by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and held by 1,690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ineffability : the failure of words in philosophy and religion by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophers : their lives and the nature of their thought by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( Book )

21 editions published between 1980 and 1989 in English and Spanish and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scharfstein first focuses on the efforts of these philosophers to arrive at the objective truth and to persuade themselves and others of its existence. He then explores both truth and relevance, proposes the broadening of the traditional philosophical conception of relevance, and emphasizes the need of philosophers to create something that both belongs to and transcends them as individuals
Philosophy East/philosophy West : a critical comparison of Indian, Chinese, Islamic, and European philosophy by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( Book )

14 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dilemma of context by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( )

16 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Dilemma of Context, Scharfstein contends that the problems encountered with context are insoluble. He explains why this problem lays an intellectual burden on us that, while remaining inescapable, can become so heavy it destroys the understandingit was created to further
The mind of China by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mystical experience by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( Book )

31 editions published between 1972 and 1990 in 5 languages and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse van verschillende soorten van mystieke ervaringen in alle wereldreligies, met informatie over meditatietechnieken
Of birds, beasts, and other artists : an essay on the universality of art by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and Hebrew and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The need to believe; the psychology of religion by Mortimer Ostow( Book )

16 editions published between 1954 and 1973 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roots of Bergson's philosophy by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( Book )

13 editions published between 1943 and 2009 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nonsense of Kant and Lewis Carroll : unexpected essays on philosophy, art, life, and death by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What if Immanuel Kant floated down from his transcendental heights, straight through Alice's rabbit hole, and into the fabulous world of Lewis Carroll? For Ben-Ami Scharfstein this is a wonderfully instructive scenario and the perfect way to begin this wide-ranging collection of decades of startlingly synthesized thought. Combining a deep knowledge of psychology, cultural anthropology, art history, and the history of religions-not to mention philosophy-he demonstrates again and again the unpredictability of writing and thought and how they can teach us about our experiences. Scharfstein begins with essays on the nature of philosophy itself, moving from an autobiographical account of the trials of being a comparativist to philosophy's function in the outside world to the fear of death in Kant and Hume. From there he explores an impressive array of art: from China and Japan to India and the West; from an essay on sadistic and masochistic body art to one on the epistemology of the deaf and the blind. He then returns to philosophy, writing on Machiavelli and political ruthlessness, then on the ineffable, and closes with a review of Walter Kaufmann's multivolume look at the essence of humanity, Discovering the Mind. Altogether, these essays are a testament to adventurous thought, the kind that leaps to the furthest reaches of the possible
Rationality in question : on Eastern and Western views of rationality( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interpretation in religion( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myths and fictions( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hebrew self-taught by Ẓevi Scharfstein( Book )

8 editions published between 1946 and 1950 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New comprehensive Shilo pocket dictionary, Hebrew-English, English-Hebrew : contains over 30,000 words and phrases with a list of abbreviations by Ẓevi Scharfstein( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English-Hebrew dictionary by Ben-Ami Scharfstein( Book )

7 editions published between 1961 and 1968 in English and Hebrew and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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15 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A comparative history of world philosophy : from the Upanishads to Kant
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Art without borders : a philosophical exploration of art and humanityAmoral politics : the persistent truth of MachiavellismIneffability : the failure of words in philosophy and religionThe philosophers : their lives and the nature of their thoughtThe dilemma of contextInterpretation in religionMyths and fictionsNew comprehensive Shilo pocket dictionary, Hebrew-English, English-Hebrew : contains over 30,000 words and phrases with a list of abbreviations<>
Alternative Names
Ben-Ami (Ben-Ami Scharfstein), 1919-

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English (208)

Hebrew (10)

Spanish (10)

Chinese (7)

Dutch (2)