Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

4. “The End of Sacrifice” and the Absence of “Religion”: The Pecuiar Case of India

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Gerald James Larson [+-]
Indiana University (Emeritus)
Gerald James Larson is Rabindranath Tagore Professor Emeritus of Indian Cultures and Civilization, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Larson is the author or editor of some 12 books and well over 100 scholarly articles on cross-cultural philosophy of religion, history of religions, classical Sanskrit and South Asian history and culture. Among the most recent books are Religion and Personal Law in Secular India: A Call to Judgment 2002, and Volume XII of the Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, co-edited with the late Dr. Ram Shankar Bhattacharya, entitled Yoga: India’s Philosophy of Meditation (2008)

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Gerald James Larson’s paper discusses five principal questions posed in relation to the topic of the “end of sacrifice” and the emerging concept of “religion” in the Late Antiquity. The first two questions concern the use of the concepts of “religion,” “philosophy” and “theology,” and the apparent absence of their counterparts in the early Indian material. By outlining important notions in Indian thinking, Larson stresses the extent to which the worldviews between Mediterranean Europe and the Indian subcontinent differ. The third question concerns the possible naming of a second axial age that occurred around the first centuries CE in both of these cultural spheres. This could be postulated at least in terms of far-reaching changes taking place within their respective intellectual discourses. The two last points of discussion concern the need for rethinking and rectifying Jaspers’ notion of a first axial age and his notions of “religion,” “philosophy,” and “theology.”

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Larson, Gerald. 4. “The End of Sacrifice” and the Absence of “Religion”: The Pecuiar Case of India. Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 63-85 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28075. Date accessed: 23 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28075. Feb 2016

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