Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought [Hardback]

Richard Seaford (Author)

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ISBN: 9781474410991 | Published by: Edinburgh University Press | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 310p,

Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought


From the sixth century BCE onwards there was a revolution in thought, with novel ideas such as such as that understanding the inner self is both vital for human well-being and central to understanding the universe. This intellectual transformation is sometimes called the beginning of philosophy. And it occurred – independently it seems - in both India and Greece, but not in the vast Persian Empire that divided them. How was this possible? This is a puzzle that has never been solved. This book brings together Hellenists and Indologists representing a variety of perspectives on the similarities and differences between the two cultures, and on how to explain them. It offers a collaborative contribution to the burgeoning interest in the Axial Age and will be of interest to anyone intrigued by the big questions inspired by the ancient world.

Table of Contents

1. The Common Origin Approach to Comparing Indian and Greek Philosophy, Nick Allen
2. The concept of ṛtá in the Ṛgveda, Joanna Jurewicz
3. Harmonia and Ṛta, Aditi Chaturvedi
4, Ātman and its Transition to Worldly Existence, Greg Bailey
5. Cosmology, Psyche and Atman in the Timaeus, the Rig Veda and the Upanishads, Hyun Höchsmann
6. Plato and Yoga, John Bussanich
7. Technologies of Self-immortalisation in Ancient Greece and Early India, Paolo Visigalli
8. Does the Concept of theōria Fit the Beginning of Indian Thought?, Alexis Pinchard
9. Self or being without boundaries. On Parmenides and Śaṅkara, Chiara Robbiano
10. Soul Chariots in Indian and Greek Thought: Polygenesis or Diffusion?, Paolo Magnone
11. "Master the chariot, master your Self": Comparing Chariot Metaphors as Hermeneutics for Mind, Self and Liberation in Ancient Greek and Indian Sources, Jens Schlieter
12. New Riders, Old Chariots: Poetics and Comparative Philosophy, Alexander S. W. Forte and Caley C. Smith
13. The Interiorisation of Ritual in India and Greece, Richard Seaford
14. Rebirth and ‘Ethicization’ in Greek and South Asian Thought, Mikel Burley
15. On Affirmation, Rejection, and Accommodation of the World in Greek and Indian Religion, Matylda Obryk
16. The Justice of the Indians, Richard Stoneman
17. Nietzsche on Greek and Indian Philosophy, Emma Syea

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