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The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophy (New)

by McEvilley, Thomas

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Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket

Book ID: 9781581152036, 1581152035

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This unparalleled study of early Eastern and Western philosophy challenges every existing belief about the foundations of Western civilization. Spanning thirty years of intensive research, this book proves what many scholars could not explain: that today's Western world must be considered the product of both Greek and Indian thought -- Western and Eastern philosophies. Thomas McEvilley explores how trade, imperialism, and migration currents allowed cultural philosophies to intermingle freely throughout India, Egypt, Greece, and the ancient Near East. This groundbreaking reference will stir relentless debate among philosophers, art historians, and students.

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". . . one of the great works of scholarship of our time. McEvilley has brought together complex and diverse data to weave a tightly organized, panoramic account. (. . . ) I should think that [the book] will become indispensable for any and all specialists on antiquity."
- Professor Katherine Harper, Indologist and art historian, author of The Roots of Tantra

"This is a wonderful book. The author has assembled material from the ancient Greek world and the world of ancient India and systematically demonstrated the interchange of ideas and mutual influence. . ."
- Professor Christopher Chapple, Indologist, author of Karma and Creativity

"Reading it is like reading a novel. Thomas McEvilley has given us the novelistic anthropology of our time."
- David Shapiro, Poet

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