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

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

Peter Jackson [+-]
University of Stockholm
Peter Jackson is Professor at the department of History of Religions at Stockholm University, Sweden. Jackson received his PhD in the History of Religions from Uppsala University in 1999. He specializes in the study of Indo-European religions, with a particular emphasis on ancient Indian and Iranian religions, the religions of ancient Greece and Rome, and Old Norse religion. He also works on more general theoretical and conceptual concerns in the study of religion. His most recent book is The Transformations of Helen: Indo-European Myth and the Roots of the Trojan Cycle (2007).

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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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Jackson, Peter . Index. Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 231-237 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=29819. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.29819. Feb 2016

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