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The Shape of Ancient Thought (review)

The Shape of Ancient Thought (review) brilliant analysis of philosophy and particularly Islamic philosophy. Since it also includes a bibliography of al-Kashani's known works, this book will be an invaluable addition to our knowledge of Islamic philosophers. Another translation of a Persian work into English is very welcome, particularly by a translator with such a proven track record. The inquisitive reader will also be rewarded with the derivation of anniyya and its putative origins (p. 317 n. 18). This reviewer was delighted to come upon a reasonable analysis of anniyya beyond an abstruse journal article in three languages (Greek, Syriac, and Arabic) from the 1950s, discussing its derivation from the Syriac--one of those articles that everyone is required to quote but no one understands. May Chittick's perspicacious note replace it. The Shape of Ancient Thought. By Thomas McEvilley. New York: Allworth Press, 2002. Pp. xxxvi þ 732. $35.00. Reviewed by Will S. Rasmussen King's College London The Shape of Ancient Thought, Thomas McEvilley's magnum opus of over thirty years' preparation, draws together an encyclopedic array of texts and archaeological evidence from Greece and India, which he employs in clearly written arguments toward an answer to a volatile question: just how indebted to each other http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

The Shape of Ancient Thought (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 56 (1) – Mar 1, 2006

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brilliant analysis of philosophy and particularly Islamic philosophy. Since it also includes a bibliography of al-Kashani's known works, this book will be an invaluable addition to our knowledge of Islamic philosophers. Another translation of a Persian work into English is very welcome, particularly by a translator with such a proven track record. The inquisitive reader will also be rewarded with the derivation of anniyya and its putative origins (p. 317 n. 18). This reviewer was delighted to come upon a reasonable analysis of anniyya beyond an abstruse journal article in three languages (Greek, Syriac, and Arabic) from the 1950s, discussing its derivation from the Syriac--one of those articles that everyone is required to quote but no one understands. May Chittick's perspicacious note replace it. The Shape of Ancient Thought. By Thomas McEvilley. New York: Allworth Press, 2002. Pp. xxxvi þ 732. $35.00. Reviewed by Will S. Rasmussen King's College London The Shape of Ancient Thought, Thomas McEvilley's magnum opus of over thirty years' preparation, draws together an encyclopedic array of texts and archaeological evidence from Greece and India, which he employs in clearly written arguments toward an answer to a volatile question: just how indebted to each other

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 1, 2006

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