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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought$
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Richard Seaford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474410991

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410991.001.0001

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Technologies of self-immortalisation in ancient Greece and early India

Technologies of self-immortalisation in ancient Greece and early India

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(p.104) 7 Technologies of self-immortalisation in ancient Greece and early India
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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought
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Paolo Visigalli

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410991.003.0008

This chapter adapts Foucault's concept of technologies of the self to the production, by means of certain composite psychophysical practices, of a post-mortem immortal self. Such technologies of self-immortalisation are examined in the Plato's Timaeus (self-immortalisation through the practice of philosophy) and in the ritual construction of an immortal self (atman) in the construction of the Vedic fire altar (agnicayana). There are both similarities and differences between the Greek and Indian practices.

Keywords:   Immortality, Psyche, Atman, Altar, Plato Timaeus

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