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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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Nietzsche on Greek and Indian philosophy

Nietzsche on Greek and Indian philosophy

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(p.265) 17 Nietzsche on Greek and Indian philosophy
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Universe and Inner Self in Early Indian and Early Greek Thought
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Emma Syea

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410991.003.0018

Nietzsche was struck by the similarities between Greek and Indian philosophy. From the perspective elaborated in On the Genealogy of Morality - in which values are derived from the physiogical, psychological, and social domains - we would expect the similarities of thought to derive from similarities in the conditions of the two cultures. A role is played here by the agonal spirit manifest in the Iliad, Hesiod and Heraclitus as well as in Indian philosophy and in the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Nietzsche found in both cultures viable models of self and state, born from an agonal context, that provided for him modes of being alternative to the Christian slave morality that he despised.

Keywords:   Nietzsche, Agonal, Morality

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