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

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Constable & Robinson, 2012 - Art - 1875 pages
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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 todayOCOs 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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Review: The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies

User Review  - Jesse Whyte - Goodreads

He's got some unconventional opinions, but I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Well documented scholarship. The kind of text I'm likely to return to a few times over the years. Read full review

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

User Review  - Ethan - Goodreads

McEvilley exhibits an amazing breadth of scholarship here (which isn't surprising considering the heft of this volume), but there's not always a corresponding depth. As someone who studies Indian and ... Read full review

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Thomas McEvilley is the author of dozens of books and monographs of art history, classical philology, and philosophy (including the monumental The Shape of Ancient Thought), and three novels (including North of Yesterday, published by McPherson in 1987), he lives in New York City. His art monographs include works on Julian Schnabel, Les Levine, Pat Steir, Ulay and Marina Abramovic, Janis Kounellis, and Bruce Conner.

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