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Author Topic: Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism. Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion  (Read 2586 times) Average Rating: 0
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« Topic Start: February 20, 2010, 10:04:53 am »

Title: Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism. Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion
Author(s): Adrian Kuzminski
Publisher: Lanham:  Lexington Books
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 0739125060
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
According to his own preface (pp. x-xi), the author of the book under review here, Adrian Kuzminski, had been intrigued by the ancient Pyrrhonists since early years. The idea to trace similarities between Greek and Indian philosophy was the result of two travels, one to Benares, India, and the other to a number of Greek sites in Italy, Turkey and Greece itself, where "ruins of mostly sacred architecture reminded me that ancient Greek culture was more steeped in soteriological concerns than we normally assume." Further inspiration came from an article by Everard Flintoff,1 and Kuzminski fittingly recognizes his indebtedness to its author by dedicating the present book to his memory. He also thanks a number of colleagues, in particular C.W. Huntington, Jr., for their assistance. An article by Kuzminski from 20072 could be regarded as a preliminary treatment of the subject; its contents have been integrated with ch. 2 of the book. Kuzminski is now a research scholar in philosophy at Hartwick College at Oneonta, in upstate New York. He is active in local politics, involved in ongoing debates in the media, and author of a book on today's populism in a historical perspective.3

Read the full review at the Bryn Mawr Classic Review web site.

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Adrian Kuzminski argues that Pyrrhonism, an ancient Greek philosophy, can best be understood as a Western form of Buddhism. Not only is its founder, Pyrrho, reported to have traveled to India and been influenced by contacts with Indian sages, but a close comparison of ancient Buddhist and Pyrrhonian texts suggests a common philosophical practice, seeking liberation through suspension of judgment with regard to beliefs about non-evident things.

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