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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought
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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought

Richard Seaford


This book focuses from various perspectives on the striking similarities (as well as the concomitant differences) between early Greek and early Indian thought. In both cultures there occurred at about the same time the birth of 'philosophy', the idea of the universe as an intelligible order in which personal deity is (at most) marginal and the inner self is at the centre of attention. The similarities include a pentadic structure of narrative and cosmology, a basic conception of cosmic order or harmony, a close relationship between universe and inner self, techniques of soteriological inwardne ... More

Keywords: Philosophy, Universe, Soul, Self, Psyche, Atman, Ritual, Vedas, Upanishads

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474410991
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410991.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Seaford, editor
University of Exeter

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