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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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On affirmation, rejection and accommodation of the world in Greek and Indian religion

On affirmation, rejection and accommodation of the world in Greek and Indian religion

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(p.235) 15 On affirmation, rejection and accommodation of the world in Greek and Indian religion
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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought
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Matylda Obryk

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410991.003.0016

This chapter applies to Indian and Greek religion the typology of religious movements created by Roy Wallis: world-affirming, world-rejecting, and world accommodating religions. World-affirming religion is exemplifed in Greece by polis religion and the practice of magic, in India by karma (action), in which the world is controlled by ritual. World-rejecting religion is exemplified in both cultures by the attempt to find a supreme principle behind the world of appearances. World-accommodating religion is exemplified by the theurgy of Iamblichus and (much earlier) the individual religiosity of Socrates, and in India by bhakti: what is in the world is ussed for the service of a transcendent but personal deity.

Keywords:   World-affirmation, World-rejection, World-accommodation, Karma, Bhakti, Monism, Iamblichus, Socrates

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