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Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice: Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2016 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This volume addresses the means and ends of sacrificial speculation by inviting a selected group of specialist in the fields of philosophy, history of religions, and indology to examine philosophical modes of sacrificial speculation — especially in Ancient India and Greece — and consider the commonalities of their historical raison d’être. Scholars have long observed, yet without presenting any transcultural grand theory on the matter, that sacrifice seems to end with (or even continue as) philosophy in both Ancient India and Greece. How are we to understand this important transformation that so profoundly changed the way we think of religion (and philosophy as opposed to religion) today? Some of the complex topics inviting closer examination in this regard are the interiorisation of ritual, ascetism and self-sacrifice, sacrifice and cosmogony, the figure of the philosopher-sage, transformations and technologies of the self, analogical reasoning, the philosophy of ritual, vegetarianism, and metempsychosis.

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Equinox Publishing, 2016. , 244 p.
, The Study of Religion in a Global Context, 1
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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History of Religion; Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129414ISBN: 9781781791240ISBN: 9781781791257OAI: diva2:922186
Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-22 Last updated: 2016-04-29Bibliographically approved

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