The Resource The shape of ancient thought : comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophies, Thomas McEvilley

The shape of ancient thought : comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophies, Thomas McEvilley

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The shape of ancient thought : comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophies
Title
The shape of ancient thought
Title remainder
comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophies
Statement of responsibility
Thomas McEvilley
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This unparalleled comparative study of early Eastern and Western philosophy challenges every existing belief about the philosophical foundations of Western civilization. Spanning thirty years of intense intellectual inquiry and research, the author proves what many scholars before him have sensed but couldnʼt empirically explain: that the seemingly autonomous and separate metaphysical schemes of Greek and Indian cultures have mutually influenced each other over a long period of time, to the point that todayʼs Western world must -- be considered the product of both Eastern and Western thought. The authorʼs groundbreaking research systematically unveils striking similarities between the early metaphysical ideas central to Eastern and Western Philosophies. Thomas McEvilley explores the key philosophical paradigms of these cultures, such as Monism, the doctrine of reincarnation in India and Egypt, and early Pluralism in Greece and India, to show how trade, imperialism and migration currents have allowed these ideas to circulate and intermingle freely throughout India, Greece and the Near East. An intellectual achievement of unprecedented scope and depth, this study is based on early historical, philosophical, spiritual, and Buddhist texts from 600 B.C. until the era of Aristotelian thought. This sweeping interdisciplinary study will captivate students and scholars of philosophy, cultural studies, and classics, who will find that their field has been put on an entirely new footing
  • ʺThis is a wonderful book. The author has assembled material from the ancient Greek world and the world of ancient India and systematically demonstrated the interchange of ideas and mutual influence. McEvilleyʼs book should be read by all scholars of early Greek philosophy, Hindu thought, and Buddhism. McEvilley demonstrates that any serious study of ancient philosophy by necessity must include cross-cultural fluency and analysis.ʺ Christopher Chapple
  • ʺThis book-an epic review of the cross-currents of ancient thought-is one of the great works of scholarship of our time. McEvilley has brought together complex and diverse data to weave a tightly organized, panoramic account. This is a much needed survey -- and one that is both timely and important. Acknowledgement of the critical influences of Indian thought on Greek philosophy (and vice versa) undoubtedly will incite controversy lasting for decades. Herein perhaps is the bookʼs greatest appeal, for a frank appraisal of these data, devoid of xenophobic proclivities, is long overdue. This work will be useful to people in many fields of study. I should think that it will become indispensable for any and all specialists on antiquity.ʺ Katherine Harper
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DLC
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1939-2013
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McEvilley, Thomas
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
B165
LC item number
.M22 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Philosophy, Indic
  • Philosophy, Comparative
  • Filosofia antiga
  • Filosofia
  • Filosofia
  • Philosophie ancienne
  • Philosophie de l'Inde
  • Philosophie comparée
  • Philosophy, Ancient
  • Philosophy, Comparative
  • Philosophy, Indic
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The shape of ancient thought : comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophies, Thomas McEvilley
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 678-702) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Diffusion channels in the pre-Alexandrian period -- The problem of the One and the Many -- The cosmic cycle -- The doctrine of reincarnation -- Platonic monism and Indian thought -- Platonic ethics and Indian yoga -- Plato, Orphics, and Jains -- Plato and kuṇḍalinī -- Cynics and Pāśupatas -- Five questions concerning the ancient Near East -- The elements -- Early pluralisms in Greece and India -- Skepticism, empiricism, and naturalism -- Diffusion channels in the Hellenistic and Roman periods -- Dialectic before Alexander -- Early Greek philosophy and Mādhyamika --Pyrrhonism and Mādhyamika -- The path of the dialectic -- The syllogism -- Peripatetics and Vaiśeṣikas -- The Stoics and Indian thought -- Neoplatonism and the Upaniṣadic-Vedāntic tradition -- Plotinus and Vijñānavāda Buddhism -- Neoplatonism and Tantra -- The ethics of imperturbability
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxvi, 732 pages
Isbn
9781581152036
Lccn
2001005510
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Stock number
1091726
System control number
  • (OCoLC)48013687
  • (OCoLC)ocm48013687
Label
The shape of ancient thought : comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophies, Thomas McEvilley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 678-702) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Diffusion channels in the pre-Alexandrian period -- The problem of the One and the Many -- The cosmic cycle -- The doctrine of reincarnation -- Platonic monism and Indian thought -- Platonic ethics and Indian yoga -- Plato, Orphics, and Jains -- Plato and kuṇḍalinī -- Cynics and Pāśupatas -- Five questions concerning the ancient Near East -- The elements -- Early pluralisms in Greece and India -- Skepticism, empiricism, and naturalism -- Diffusion channels in the Hellenistic and Roman periods -- Dialectic before Alexander -- Early Greek philosophy and Mādhyamika --Pyrrhonism and Mādhyamika -- The path of the dialectic -- The syllogism -- Peripatetics and Vaiśeṣikas -- The Stoics and Indian thought -- Neoplatonism and the Upaniṣadic-Vedāntic tradition -- Plotinus and Vijñānavāda Buddhism -- Neoplatonism and Tantra -- The ethics of imperturbability
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxvi, 732 pages
Isbn
9781581152036
Lccn
2001005510
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Stock number
1091726
System control number
  • (OCoLC)48013687
  • (OCoLC)ocm48013687

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