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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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Does the concept of theōria fit the beginning of Indian thought?

Does the concept of theōria fit the beginning of Indian thought?

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(p.118) 8 Does the concept of theōria fit the beginning of Indian thought?
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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought
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Alexis Pinchard

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410991.003.0009

This chapter argues against the common distinction made between the theoretical aim of Greek philosophy and the primary concern for salvation in Indian philosophy. Greek philosophy sometimes linked the intimate experience of eternity, which breaks the power of death, with true theoria in order to define a complete way of life (esp. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics X 7, but also in some presocratic thought). And in India wonder (as in Aristotle Metaphysics A 1) was sometimes viewed as the first motive leading to the disinterested search for truth about metaphysical principles. Brahman is not just a thing, but desire - for itself. And so to unite personally with the brahman implies keeping the desire for truth alive.

Keywords:   Theoria, Salvation, Wonder, Plato, Aristotle, Presocratics, Brahman

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