Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies

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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 ...

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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

Harper
...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
David Shapiro
Reading it is like reading a novel. Thomas McEvilley has given us the novelistic anthropology of our time.
Chapple
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581152036
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Aesthetics Today Series
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 970,824
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 6.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Mcevilley is Distinguished Lecturer in Art History at Rice University, where he has been on the faculty since 1969. The author holds a Ph.D. in classical philology. In addition to Greek and Latin, he has studied Sanskrit and has taught numerous courses in Greek and Indian culture, history of religion and philosophy, and art. He has published countless scholarly monographs and articles in various journals on early Greek poetry, philosophy, and religion as well as on contemporary art and culture. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant in 1993 and has been awarded an NEA critic’s grant and the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism by the College Art Association. His other books include Sculpture in the Age of Doubt (Allworth Press). He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Acknowledgments
Preface
A Note on Citations, Translations, and Transliterations
A Note on Sanskrit Pronunciation
List of Abbreviations Used in the In-Text References and Endnotes
List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Foreword: History: Competition or Collaboration?
Ch. 1 Diffusion Channels in the Pre-Alexandrian Period 1
Ch. 2 The Problem of the One and the Many 23
Ch. 3 The Cosmic Cycle 67
Ch. 4 The Doctrine of Reincarnation 98
Ch. 5 Platonic Monism and Indian Thought 157
Ch. 6 Platonic Ethics and Indian Yoga 177
Ch. 7 Plato, Orphics, and Jains 197
Ch. 8 Plato and Kundalini 208
Ch. 9 Cynics and Pasupatas 225
Ch. 10 Five Questions Concerning the Ancient Near East 237
Ch. 11 The Elements 300
Ch. 12 Early Pluralism in Greece and India 311
Ch. 13 Skepticism, Empiricism, and Naturalism 325
Ch. 14 Diffusion Channels in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods 349
Ch. 15 Dialectic Before Alexander 403
Ch. 16 Early Greek Philosophy and Madhyamika 419
Ch. 17 Pyrrhonism and Madhyamika 450
Ch. 18 The Path of the Dialectic 491
Ch. 19 The Syllogism 510
Ch. 20 Peripatetics and Vaisesikas 519
Ch. 21 The Stoics and Indian Thought 540
Ch. 22 Neoplatonism and the Upanisadic-Vedantic Tradition 549
Ch. 23 Plotinus and Vijnanavada Buddhism 568
Ch. 24 Neoplatonism and Tantra 585
Ch. 25 The Ethics of Imperturbability 595
Afterword: Remarks toward a Conclusion 642
App. A The Aryans 657
App. B The Aryan Invasion 663
App. C Black Athena and Western Xenophobia 666
App. D The Golden Thigh 668
App. E Philosophy and Grammar 672
List of Works Cited 678
Index 703
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