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Richard Seaford: The Origins of Philosophy in Ancient Greece and Ancient India – A Historical Comparison. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2020. XV, 369 pp. ISBN 978-1-108-49955-2. £ 29,99.

Joseph J. Tinguely, Harald Wiese

Pages 526 - 530




1 Pischel/Geldner 1889, S. xix.

2 While Seaford has discussed important issues with eminent indologists (such as Patrick Olivelle or Stephanie Jamison), he should have engaged a Sanskritist to correct some typos. Seaford consistently writes yajāmana for correct yajamāna. His anglicisation of only a few Sanskrit terms seems inconsistent. Seaford writes “atman” and “prana” for ātman and prāṇa, respectively. Then, one obtains passages like “more about prana, manas and atman as alternative embodiments of the subject” (p. 118).

3 R. Seaford: Money and the Early Greek Mind. Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy. Cambridge 2004.

4 J. Parry/M. Bloch: Money and the Morality of Exchange. Cambridge 1989.

5 Seaford (2004, p. 175) associates “philosophy” with the ideas of (1) the universe as an intelligible order, (2) subject to the uniformity of impersonal power, which is (3) a single substance underlying the plurality of things manifest to the senses.

6 Seaford 2004, p. 218; see 2020, p. 320.

7 P. Olivelle: The early Upaniṣads. Annotated text and translation. New York 1998, pp. 296-297.

8 O. Freiberger: “Elements of a Comparative Methodology in the Study of Religion.” In: Religions 9 (2018), pp. 1-14, here pp. 5-6.

9 R. Seaford: Reciprocity and Ritual: Homer and Tragedy in the Developing City State. Oxford 1994.


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